Health officials are discussing whether to put the scandal hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust into administration. The regulator - Monitor - said it was considering the move to safeguard services for patients.
This latest development for the hospital comes on the day relatives of patients who died at Stafford held a silent protest outside a board meeting in Manchester attended by the Head of the NHS. Campaigners led by 'Cure the NHS' founder, Julie Bailey, are calling for Sir David Nicholson to resign.
Callum Watkinson reports.