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Cameron defends NHS boss

David Cameron has defended NHS boss Sir David Nicholson over the Francis Report findings into failings of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. Families have put pressure on the PM to sack Sir David.

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Hospitals welcome probe into high mortality rates

Hospital trusts to be investigated over their high mortality rates have welcomed the forthcoming review.

Read: NHS: Mortality rates at five trusts to be investigated

Christine Green, chief executive of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said she looked forward to receiving the inspectors, adding it was "well recognised" that the trust's mortality rate had been elevated for the past two years.

A spokeswoman for Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said they were committed to improving mortality rates and to identifying any lessons that can be learned.

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