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NHS Trusts in special measures following review

The 11 Trusts placed in special measures are:

  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trus
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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Hunt to unveil 10-month NHS Leadership Programme

Harvard University, pictured, could be a destination for the "high-fliers" on the NHS Leadership Programme. Credit: Reuters

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today reveal details of the NHS Leadership Programme which aims to transform the top tier of health service managers and staff into star performers.

Health bosses want three quarters of recruits to be current NHS staff and will appeal to senior doctors, nurses, managers and high-fliers to apply for the programme.

The remaining quarter will be brought in from industry.

The 10-month long programme, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, will start in the spring.It is thought £10m a year will be spent on the programme but there is no course head count yet.

Eight weeks of the course will be held at a leading business school with discussions ongoing with UK business schools and Harvard in the US, insiders said.

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South prepares for breast cancer campaign

MP supports cancer charity
MP Stephen Metcalfe has joined the fight against breast cancer Credit: Breast cancer campaign

The wear it pink campaign has so far raised more than £23 million and the next event will be supported once again for the south.

The MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in this year's campaign.

It is estimated to be the Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest fundraiser to help lifesaving research.

Mr Metcalfe commented:

“Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure."

'Government has made Medway situation worse' - Councillors' statement

Inside Medway Hospital Credit: NH

Medway Maritime, along with ten other hospitals, has been placed into special measures because of major failings.

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has not provided a timetable for improvements to areas of the NHS with which his Government has failed to get to grips.

Instead, they have made matters worse, distracting the NHS with an unnecessary top-down reorganisation, which has sucked £3bn out of patient care.

Cllr Tristan Osborne said: "We have seen a botched NHS re-organisation; A&E waiting lists increasing; privatisation of NHS Direct; and a real concern that the merger with Darent Valley will lead to increased deficits.

“I will work with colleagues across all Parties to scrutinise our local NHS and ensure we have effective numbers of staff in A&E.”

Cllr Vince Maple added: “Medway Labour recognises the hard work of doctors, nurses and support staff, but the Keogh Report highlights some of the major flaws in the systems at Medway Maritime Hospital.

“Although I welcome the measures announced in the Keogh Report, I am disturbed by the failures of care in the NHS under David Cameron.

“A&Es are in crisis, with recent figures showing nearly 3,500 patients in the UK have waited in vehicles parked outside hospitals for more than two hours in the year 2012/13.

“With thousands of nurses lost and A&Es in crisis, the sad truth is that failures in care are becoming more likely under this Government, not less.”

VIDEO: 'I thought my husband would be safe in hospital'

The safety of patients is being questioned at two of the South East's hospitals. A Government led report has uncovered a series of failings at Medway NHS Trust and Basildon Hospital. Both are now on "special measures".

The review was carried out following high death rates. At Medway, concerns were also raised about low staffing levels and long waiting times in A&E. Managers have been told to make immediate improvements.

The investigation was announced in February after the scandal at Stafford Hospital where 1,200 patients died unnecessarily.

Tom Savvides has our report. He speaks to widow Carol Turner, Dr Gray Smith-Laing of Medway Maritime Hospital, Sir Bruce Keogh, and widow Sarah Fleming.

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Cameron: NHS 'completely safe' in Coalition hands

David Cameron said the NHS was "completely safe" in the Government's hands after 11 failing hospitals were placed under "special measures" management.

Speaking after Sir Bruce Keogh's damning review of hospitals, the Prime Minister said: "I think everyone can have confidence in the NHS and everyone can have confidence that their local hospital either is a good hospital or is being turned around and being made into a good hospital.

David Cameron said he "loves" the NHS. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

"There is much to celebrate in our NHS and I love our NHS, and I never want to do it any harm, but we don't serve our NHS by covering up problems and difficulties and clearly there are some hospitals with too-high mortality rates."

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