The Department of Health have said the news Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been put in special measures is a sign that the new inspection system is working.
The health sector regulator Monitor announced it had placed the trust in special measures following concerns over the quality and safety of patient care.
A spokesman said:
What's happened at Colchester shows the new system working; the spotlight shone on failings and extra support has been given to improve standards rapidly.
It is in everyone's interests — patients, NHS staff and the public— that those working within the NHS feel able to speak up when they see something wrong and that their concerns are taken seriously and acted on to drive up standards.
That's why we've strengthened the inspection regime, given whistle-blowers extra protection and made it a duty for staff to raise concerns.