The article appeared in the Royal Society of Medicine Journal. The authors warn that nursing is under threat in the UK and many of the skilled roles may be replaced by technicians.
Dr Carter responded by saying: 'Nursing is a growing and vibrant profession. Nurses are at the heart of modernising the NHS and have been instrumental in bringing down waiting times, improving patient care and taking on extended roles, such as performing minor surgery and prescribing drugs.
'Far from being simply a hearts and hands vocation, nursing does need to be about heads too. That is why it is vital we make sure student nurses get the best possible education, training and support to prepare them for their careers. But this will not happen if student places, training budgets and entry level jobs continue to be cut for short-term financial reasons.
'Running the health service is a team effort and overseas nurses and healthcare assistants are an integral part of that team.'