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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Plan to tackle failing hospitals in the West Midlands

Top performing NHS managers from hospitals in Birmingham are to be brought in to turnaround two hospitals that are "failing" elsewhere.

After the Stafford Hospital scandal, a number of hospitals including George Eliot Hospital and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were both put under special measure - because of high mortality rates.

Now they're been paired with University Hospitals Birmingham, which will act as a mentor.

Rather than managers writing reports on failing hospitals, the government says the new scheme should result in practical changes to improve patient standards.

Charlotte Grant reports.

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