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RCM: Francis report must be a 'watershed for the NHS'

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.

– Cathy Warwick, chief executive, rcm