Critical report slams North Cumbrian hospitals
The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust has been placed into special measures by the Government.
It follows the publication of a report into high death rates at the area's two main hospitals.
Tim Backshall has been looking at the findings.
The Health Secretary Jeremey Hunt has confirmed that the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of eleven trusts in England to be put under special measures for "fundamental breaches of care".
A report into high death rates at 14 hospital trusts, including North Cumbria, will be published later today.
The Sir Bruce Keogh report is expected to say that failings at the Cumbrian hospitals cost hundreds of lives.
The investigation followed the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire trust.
The Carlisle MP John Stevenson says the high death rate at North Cumbria University Hospitals is due to poor management, which he hopes will improve once the hospitals are taken over by Northumbria NHS Trust.
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.