It later emerged that Lord Mancroft was referring to the Royal United Hospital in Bath. In the debate he said he was later transferred to another hospital in London.
He said: ‘The nurses who looked after me were mostly grubby – we are talking about dirty fingernails and hair – and were slipshod and lazy.
‘Worst of all they were drunken and promiscuous. How do I know that? If you are a patient lying in a bed, they talk across you as if you’re not there.
‘So I know exactly what they got up to the night before, how much they drank and what they planned to do the next night.’
Lord Mancroft went on to add the nurses were ‘an accurate reflection of many young women in Britain today.’
RCN general secretary Peter Carter, said: ‘These comments are extremely unhelpful and grossly unfair on nurses across the UK who work extremely hard to provide patients with the highest standards of care.
‘If any patient has an issue with their treatment by staff they should raise this with the healthcare provider, rather than make sweeping generalisations about nurses and sexist insults about the behaviour of British women.’
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust said in a statement that it would contact Lord Mancroft to discuss the matter.