The head of the NHS Confederation pledged a relentless drive to repair damage to public confidence in the health service on what he called a "sad and shameful day" for the organisation.
Mike Farrar, chief executive of the membership body for health service commissioning organisations, said the Francis Report was a much-needed ward-to-Whitehall assessment of care failures.
We owe it to every patient, family member and carer to commit to making sure these sorts of tragedies do not happen again.
It is up to all of us in the NHS to take responsibility for putting things right. We cannot externalise responsibility for standards of care to Government, politicians or regulators or anybody else.
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.