New plans for failing hospitals

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to explain plans to turn around four hospitals in the midlands, and put in place special measures, in the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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Hunt: Midlands hospitals have 'entrenched problems'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that partnering failing hospitals with outstanding ones is the "fastest way" we can turn the NHS around.

Speaking to ITV News Central he said failing hospitals have "very entrenched problems."

He added: "Sometimes it's a problem about staffing, sometimes it's a problem about an out of date computer system, sometimes consultant cover in the A&E department.

"And the best way we can help them is to partner them with out outstanding NHS hospitals."

Speaking about The University of Birmingham Hospital, which will be partnered with Burton and George Eliot, he said Dame Julie Moore's leadership "will help them make sure that they have the right staffing, the right IT systems in place and the right clinical procedures.

"I think this will be the fastest way we can really turn things around."

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