Several Conservative backbenchers have come out in support of the Government's ban on NHS gagging clauses:
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Daily Mail:
We need a culture of openness and transparency if we are going to stop another Mid Staffs from happening.
The era of gagging NHS staff from raising their real worries about patient care must come to an end.
Almost £15 million was spent over three years on compromise agreements with staff leaving the NHS, the Mail said, of which 90% contained clauses to stop whistleblowers from speaking out.
Gagging clauses which prevent departing NHS staff from speaking out about patient safety or care have been banned by the Government.
Hundreds of whistleblowers have in the past been silenced by the clauses in their severance packages.
But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the practice would end with immediate effect to help create a culture of "openness and transparency" across the NHS.
Staff leaving the health service will instead have a new legal right that allows them to speak out about issues in the public interest, such as death rates or poor care.