Nearly a quarter of NHS trusts have been identified as 'high risk' by a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health watchdog. ITV News Reporter Martha Fairlie reports:
The hospitals identified may not be providing safe, good-quality care to patients, said the CQC.
Some trusts were flagged for incidents resulting in harm to patients, while others scored low on staff or patient satisfaction. Several were identified after reporting higher-than-expected death rates among patients who should be low risk.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the findings were "the figures that Labour did not want the public to know about".
Mr Hunt said: "We are now assessing the risk in every hospital in the country to decide where we need to do these proper new Ofsted-style inspections first."