A legal duty of openess and honesty to expose wrong-doing in the NHS is to be brought in by the government following the Stafford hospital scandal.
A breach could lead to a criminal conviction. It is part of the government's response to the Francis report which said the system was to blame for hundreds of needless deaths.
Nurses will also have to spend 12 months on the wards as health care assistants before they can qualify in future. And there has to be an end to gagging orders.