Patients to rate hospital treatment
Patients are to be able to rate the treatment they receive in hospitals to ensure that people are treated with dignity and respect on wards.
The simple "friends and family test" will ask whether patients would recommend their hospital to loved ones. The results will be published and hospital leaders who fail the test will be held to account.
Prime Minister David Cameron will announce that the test will be rolled out across wards in England from April 2013. The Prime Minister said the data will give patients a clear idea of where to get the best care.
The Nursing and Care Quality Forum, which was announced in January to address concerns about the way some patients are treated, wrote to Mr Cameron recommending the simple test.
The letter said: "It is critical that the NHS takes far greater notice of what people think about the quality of care they receive. An important way of doing this is asking people whether they would recommend the organisation where they have received care, should a loved one require treatment.
"We need to go further and faster with the friends and family test. We would like to see immediate roll-out across the NHS with a view to developing a national measure as soon as practicable."
Mr Cameron said: "To really make sure that patients get the right care, we're moving ahead quickly on one of their (Nursing Care and Quality Forum's) main recommendations - the friends and family test.
"In every hospital, patients are going to be able to answer a simple question, whether they'd want a friend or relative to be treated there in their hour of need. By making those answers public we're going to give everyone a really clear idea of where to get the best care - and drive other hospitals to raise their game."
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: "Today's announcement is good as far as it goes but it is no substitute for getting a grip on what matters to patients.
"On Cameron's watch, people are waiting longer in A&E and on trolleys in corridors. Wards are closing and almost 4,000 nursing posts are being lost. David Cameron needs to focus a bit less on headline-grabbing announcements and a bit more on dealing with the chaos that his reorganisation has inflicted on the NHS."