The Care Quality Commission says both Colchester Hospital and Essex County Hospital need to make further improvements to their services.
The Trust, which runs both hospitals, has been in special measures since last October.
The Trust says significant progress has been made but there is more to do.
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A 16-year-old boy accused of killing two people in Colchester has appeared in court today.
A fine and generally dry day with a light breeze and plenty of long sunny spells, though becoming cloudier through the afternoon.
Saturday will be the best day this weekend before rain on Sunday.