The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has welcomed the recommendations in the Francis report, and particularly the call for a duty of candour to encourage staff to report bad practice.
Cathy Warwick, its chief executive, said often midwives were "petrified" of whistleblowing.
We need to transform the culture of the NHS so that midwives and others who need to raise concerns feel happy and secure in doing so.
NHS staff must never again be afraid to raise concerns about standards of NHS care. Today must be a watershed for the NHS.
A public inquiry has blamed a failure 'at every level' of the NHS for the abuses at Stafford Hospital that resulted in hundreds of deaths.
The chair of the inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS made 290 recommendations to prevent the 'disaster' of Stafford Hospital occurring again.
Managers at Stafford Hospital accept that there were problems on some of the wards. But they say it's now one of the best in the country.