– Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter
Following the Francis Inquiry, we need to empower staff to look after patients in a way that they think is best. It is also vital that we support a more open culture.
In considering the Government's response to the Francis Inquiry, we shall be looking at how the NHS can do more to support staff to raise any concerns they have about patient care.
Openness, transparency and supporting staff to speak up when they have concerns is key to protecting patients and achieving high quality care.
NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has said he will not quit as he headed to a meeting of the board which has the power to sack him over the failings at Stafford Hospital.