A Department of Health spokesperson said:
For too long, patients have had to put up with poor care and cover-ups because it was too inconvenient to expose and take action.
That’s why we’ve strengthened the inspection regime, given whistle-blowers extra protection and made it a duty for staff to raise concerns.
What’s happened at Colchester shows the new system working; the spotlight shone on failings and extra support being given to quickly improve standards.
Published 5 November 2013