The Government is expected to place hands-on caring in hospital wards on a par with academic training. According to the Daily Mail a new Chief Inspector will also be recruited to check up on nursing standards, as well as:
- Hospitals and GPs will be stopped from hiding any mistakes
- Whistleblowers will be free to speak out with a ban on gagging clauses
- People in care homes will be protected with an 'elderly care tsar'
- Anyone caught fiddling figures could end up facing criminal charges
The NHS will have a legal duty to reveal mistakes on wards and will adopt a 'culture of zero harm'.
The Health Secretary's response came after failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which highlighted the suffering of hundreds of people.