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Special measures trusts praised for progress

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt and chief inspector of hospitals, Sir Mike Richards, have praised the "transformational progress" of 11 trusts placed in special measures this time last year.

A major review into 14 hospitals in England with high death rates, led by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh last year, unearthed a series of failings and fundamental breaches of care, leading to 11 of the trusts being placed in special measures.

One year on, following new-style Care Quality Commission (CQC) re-inspections, five trusts have been, or are expected to be, removed from special measures; four have been, or are expected to be kept in for an extended period, having made varying improvements; and decisions on the final two will be made later this week, the Department of Health has confirmed.