Hospitals in our region are to be among the first in the country to be the subject of radical new inspections in the light of the damning Keogh review.
Inspection teams will be led by clinical experts but will also include trained members of the public. Some will also be unannounced.
18 hospitals are to be inspected over the next five months - including Airedale and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trusts. It follows major criticism from the head of the NHS in England - of some of our region's hospitals found to have unusually high death rates.
Some of our region's hospitals could have so-called "hit squads" sent in over claims there have been thousands of needless deaths.
The Health Secretary is set to send "hit squads" to 10 failing hospital trusts, where thousands of people could have needlessly died.