A team of health experts has started a review of services at a Midlands hospital trust with higher than expected patient deaths.
The team began its work this morning at the Dudley Group NHS Trust.
They have been called in by the medical director of the health service, Sir Bruce Keogh. A number of hospitals are to have visits in the wake of the scandal at Stafford, where hundreds of people were said to have died needlessly.
Ruth May, Regional Chief Nurse, has told ITV News Central that 14 hospitals have been identified as having excess deaths over the last two years.