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Tameside and Blackburn hospitals placed in special measures due to poor care and high death rates

Two hospitals in our region have been placed in special measures after a damning report highlighted poor care and high death rates.

It means Tameside NHS Trust in Ashton Under Lyne and East Lancashire NHS Trust in Blackburn will be under constant review and that any managers not up to the job will be fired.

Another failing trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals will be closely monitored by health professionals.

The three trusts were named among the 14 worst in the country in a report published today by Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS.

Daniel Hewitt reports

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