More than half of London's A&E departments keep patients waiting too long for treatment.
High death rates, poor safety levels, dissatisfied patients, disillusioned staff are just some of the problems identified.
Jeremy Hunt plans to send in the shock troops to try and use the best hospitals to turn around those that are under performing.
Detectives are asking anyone who recognises a woman shown on hospital CCTV footage to call Surrey Police on 101, quoting the reference RM/13/4481 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police want to speak to her in connection with a number of thefts from elderly and vulnerable patients.
– PC Claire Catcheside, Surrey Police
The brazen manner in which the crimes were committed is unusual - both thefts took place during the middle of the day when the hospital would have been extremely busy and no attempt appears to have been made to disguise what was happening.
It is particularly shocking that on both occasions the offenders targeted elderly patients while they were in the process of receiving medical care.
- On both occasions a woman approached the beds of two elderly victims, aged in their eighties and sixties
- The suspect told both women she worked at the hospital
- The bank cards were used to fraudulently withdraw money in Essex, Berkshire and north London
Elderly and vulnerable patients at a hospital in Surrey have been targeted in a series of thefts. Cash, jewellery and bank cards were taken from St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey in two thefts on the same day.
Police want to track down a woman seen on CCTV at the time the thefts were carried out.
A protest will be held in Ealing today against plans to cut hospital services in north west London.
The NHS have announced plans to shut A&E services at Ealing, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals, and downgrade other services including maternity and paediatrics.
Campaigners are concerned about the safety and scale of the NHS's plan, which would leave three London boroughs without a major hospital.
NHS bosses in London have warned the future health of patients is being put at risk because of a multi-billion pound budget shortfall. Figures show that by 2020 hospitals in the capital will be left with a funding gap of £4 billion.
Leaders have called for urgent and radical reforms to combat key issues affecting the capital, including an ageing population and high rates of childhood obesity. Ria Chatterjee reports.
The parents of a toddler who died after doctors in London failed to sport her fatal brain condition claim that a catalogue of chances to act on their daughter's chances were missed.
Two-year-old Alice Mason had successfully undergone treatment for a brain tumour two months before she was taken ill in March 2011. She died days later, having developed fluid on the brain, an inquest heard. On Thursday the child's mother, Rosalind Mason told the inquest:
I'm still not convinced that shared care is a safe option for providing care to very sick children, and I'm afraid our experience of even trying to learn the truth about our daughter has been hugely complicated.
We have found that going through the reports they have written in answer to our questions has been very lengthy, and we have not agreed with many of the things they have written, and asked them to correct them. It's saddening that this situation is in place.
The mother of a toddler who died after doctors in London failed to spot her fatal brain condition in time to save her has launched an attack on "shared care" between hospitals.
Two-year-old Alice Mason had successfully undergone treatment for a brain tumour two months before she was taken ill in March 2011.
She died days later, having developed fluid on the brain, an inquest at West London Coroner's Court has heard.
The youngster's care was shared between her family's local district general hospital, Kingston Hospital in Surrey, cancer specialists at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Chelsea, west London, and a neurosurgical team at St George's Hospital, south London.