The way hospitals record deaths in the region could be covering up poor treatment says a new report.
Figures from Dr Foster show a dramatic rise in the number recorded as needing "palliative care" at the end of their lives, with some saying more than 35% of their patients die this way.
- 38.03% (610 deaths) at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were palliative in 2012 - almost double the 19.24% in 2008.
- The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust also jumped from 1.35% palliative deaths in 2008 to 29.23% in 2012.
Experts fear hospitals could actually be hiding the fact patients were admitted for failed treatment. Data from health analysts Dr Foster shows that, across England in 2012/13, 36,425 deaths were coded as palliative these deaths are not included in the hospital standardised mortality ratio.
A Department of Health spokesman said: "The NHS needs high-quality mortality data. We would expect that all NHS Trusts have robust auditing systems in place."
Salford Royal’s the best place to work in the NHS according to a national survey of staff.
That's out of all NHS provider organisations. Staff were satisfied in their work and would recommend it as a place to work or be treated.
Patients with symptoms of the Norovirus are being asked to stay away from Leighton Hospital in Crewe, after admissions exceeded the average.
In a statement the trust said: "The Trust isencouraging members of the public to only use its Emergency Department forserious and life-threatening conditions such as heart-attacks, strokes, seriousaccidents and breathing difficulties.
"Self-care is oftenthe best choice to treat common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds,sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains, all of which can often betreated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
"For expert advice and treatment, without the need to wait for a GP appointment, local pharmacies are able to provide a confidential service, as can NHS 111 and the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk. NHS Choices can also help you locate your nearest NHS services such as GPs, dentists and pharmacies."
A maternity unit in Cumbria under investigation after the deaths of a number of mothers and babies has been praised for making improvements.
The health watchdog the Care Quality Commission published its findings after an unannounced visit to Furness General Hospital in Barrow.
Campaigners who've criticised standards of care at the unit say it'll take time before they are fully convinced it's safe.
This report from Amy Welch:
A hospital trust is investigating fears patients were wrongly given the all-clear from breast cancer.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has called back 24 patients to be reassessed.
Twenty four patients have been recalled by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals after an investigation of delay in diagnosing breast cancer.
A radiologist has been referred to the General Medical Council and no longer works for the trust.
It has issued a statement saying it carried out a review of the radiologists reports and ultrasound scans following concerns about a delay in the diagnosis of one patient.
Out of 472 scans 24 caused concerns following advice from experts.
Dr Mark O’Donnell, Medical Director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, apologised for any anxiety caused adding said: “All the patients at any possible risk of delayed diagnosis have been contacted and we have arranged to see them as quickly as possible'.
The Royal Bolton Hospital's new chairman will take up his post today.
David Wakefield said he's committed to turning the hospital's financial position around. after the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust recorded a defecit of almost 1.9 million pounds in the last financial year.
The Care Quality Commission has issued two warnings to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
The warnings relate to making sure patients are adequately monitored and not placing patients in mixed sex wards.