"Unnecessary deaths" at North Cumbria University Hospitals

A leaked report by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has revealed hundreds of unnecessary deahs at North Cumbria University hospitals.

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North Cumbria to look 'bad' but not 'critically bad'

North Cumbria University Hospitals are expected to be widely criticised tomorrow as a new report apparently reveals hundreds of patients have died needlessly there in recent years.

Leaked elements of a report by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh into death rates at 14 trusts across England highlights North Cumbria as having one of the poorest records. But sources tell me that the trust isn't expected to come off so bad as to warrant 'special measures'.

It was feared by some that the Government would call in emergency troubleshooters, delaying any takeover by Northumbria NHS Trust, which many see as vital to solving North Cumbria's problems in the long-term.

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