Doctors could be forced to apologise to patients or their families if they have caused them harm, under new proposals.
Those who have made mistakes but have since improved, could still be suspended or have their practice restricted, as part of the plans announced by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Doctors who fail to raise concerns over the capability of a colleague may also face action.
The proposals are part of the regulator's bid to help "improve patient protection and public confidence in doctors".
The GMC is now appealing for the views of the public and other health professionals on the plans.
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