The serious failings at the centre of the Stafford Hospital scandal, which have led to calls for NHS boss Sir David Nicholson to resign, will shortly be aired at a meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board.
Robert Francis QC, who chaired the Mid Staffs Inquiry into concerns at the NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009, will describe his findings to the board. It is the second item on the meeting's agenda.
NHS boss Sir David, who has the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, confirmed to ITV News he would not be resigning over the scandal amid silent protests outside the meeting in Manchester.
NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has confirmed to ITV News he will not be standing down today over the Stafford Hospital scandal as he arrived to attend a meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board in Manchester.
When asked by ITV News' Midlands Correspondent Rupert Evelyn: "Will you be resigning today?", he replied: "No."
Sir David also made no comment on the latest scandal at Royal Bolton Hospital, which saw the hospital's acting chief executive step down as an investigation begins into patient death rates.
NHS campaigner Julie Bailey, who set up Cure the NHS after her mother Bella died at Stafford Hospital in 2007, has said she will ask members of the NHS Commissioning Board to call for their boss' resignation:
We want his [Sir David Nicholson's] resignation, if not his sacking.
He has brought the NHS into disrepute.
We are planning to lobby members of the board to call for him to resign.