A survey by the Nursing Times has found that over half of nurses believe their concerns about patient care are being ignored.
It follows the Francis Report which criticised Stafford Hospital for "appalling standards of care".
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said,
We are determined that staff who have the courage and integrity to speak out in the interests of patient safety are protected and listened to.
We have already taken a range of measures to protect and support whistleblowers in the NHS - including funding a national helpline, embedding rights in their employment contracts and issuing new guidance in partnership with trades unions and employers.
We are now considering the recommendations of the Francis Report in full and whether we need go further.
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