The health trust which runs Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals is to get expert advice to try and turn its finances around.
The independent health regulator Monitor says the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust needs help with accounting, administration and legal services.
It says it is to protect health services for patients. The results of a public inquiry into standards of care at Stafford Hospital are due next month, after hundreds of patients died unnecessarily between 2005 and 2008.
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Overcast and dull, with hill fog and outbreaks of rain throughout the day.
It will be a dull, damp and cloudy day for most, with outbreaks of rain. The rain will start to ease from the west during the evening.
Cloudy this evening and overnight, with mist and hill fog becoming widespread.