The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will remain in special measures.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the midwifery-led birthing service at Penrith Community Hospital in April and May.
They concluded the Trust has not met the required standards to get out of special measures.
The decision was announced in the House of Commons this afternoon.
Jeremy Hunt says that the Trust is improving but shadow health minister Andy Burnham claims the problems have been caused by cuts to staffing levels.