NHS: Standards

Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure compassionate care in the NHS.

Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health

This Government are determined that care and compassion should be at the heart of everything the national health service does.

Building on the lessons of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, we have introduced a rigorous new inspection regime with a predominant focus on care, and have taken a series of steps to drastically improve transparency and openness in the NHS.

Under this Government, whistleblowers have been actively encouraged to speak out about poor care, and have been given increased protections rather than silenced.

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