No more covering up errors, National Health Services told

The NHS will have a legal duty to be honest about mistakes as part of an overhaul of the system in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal

Nick Triggle, Health correspondent, BBC News

The move is part of a package of measure in England to put patients at the heart of the NHS, ministers said. There will also be a new ratings system for hospitals and care homes, while changes to nurse training will be piloted. It comes after the public inquiry claimed patients had been “betrayed”. The harrowing neglect and abuse at the hospital between 2005 and 2008, which led to needless deaths has already been well documented. Statistics at the time showed there were between 400 and 11,200 more deaths than would be expected. The £13m inquiry, published at the start of February, focused on why the problems were not picked up sooner. It accused the NHS of putting corporate self-interest ahead of patients, concluding the failings went from the top to the bottom of the system.