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.
More top news
East Midlands weather: Rain tonight, dry tomorrow
West Midlands weather: Rain overnight, drier later
Jenny Drew from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire has managed to save nearly £20,000 over the last three years by collecting coupons.