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Marchers back Stafford Hospital

Thousands of campaigners battling to keep major services at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital will take to the local streets to protest against a withdrawal of services, including maternity care.

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First NHS foundation trust to be put into administration

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to become the first foundation trust in the country to be put into administration.

Health regulator Monitor said that it has appointed two trust special administrators to "safeguard the future of health services" currently provided at the trust.

Mid Staffordshire first foundation trust to be put into administration. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A spokeswoman said that clinician Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor along with Alan Bloom of Ernst and Young will take over the running of the trust tomorrow.

Last year, South London Healthcare NHS Trust became the first ever NHS trust to be put under the care of a special administrator after it started losing around £1.3 million a week.

But Mid Staffordshire is the first foundation trust - a supposed marker of excellence in the health service - to face the same fate.

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