Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said while there were many "excellent and committed" nurses working in the NHS, the evidence from Stafford hospital was "damning".
The reality is that there are some nurses who do not have the capacity to be compassionate and truly care, despite training and support.
"They have no place in the NHS.
We only want nurses who come to work to make a difference for their patients and are prepared to take personal responsibility for individuals in their care.
There is no room in the nursing and midwifery professions for people who don't have empathy with their patients.
What does the decision to appoint trust special administrators to run Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust mean?
The Health Secretary's response came after failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which highlighted the suffering of hundreds of people.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has today outlined new plans for NHS following the Stafford scadal