Speaking to ITV News, Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said sometime things will go wrong in the NHS. But it was important to create a culture where it can be put right.
The government will consider proposals which would punish senior NHS managers with criminal sanctions if they ignore concerns raised by whistleblowers
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has told Daybreak that the coaltion is looking to introducing a "new culture of openness" in the NHS to prevent poor quality care.
The Royal College of Nursing is calling on the government to extend whistleblowing legislation to student nurses.
The union claims that the current Public Interest Disclosure Act doesn't cover training nurses who raise concerns about patient care.
The government said it would consider the proposal, as it seeks to implement some of the recommendations made in the public inquiry into the poor standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.