North East Hospitals Help Failing Ones

19 September 2013, 11:21 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Two NHS hospitals with the highest death rates will be partnered up with hospitals in the North East - to help them improve.

North Cumbria University Hospital will get help from the Northumbria NHS Trust while East Lancashire will team up with Newcastle's NHS Foundation Trust.

Eleven trusts in total are in special measures following the scandal at Stafford hospital.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's also revealed details of the NHS Leadership Programme, which could see future health bosses sent to Harvard for training.

The programme aims to transform the top tier of health service managers and staff into star performers.

Health bosses want three quarters of recruits to be current NHS staff, and will appeal to senior doctors, nurses, managers and high-fliers to apply.

The remaining quarter will be brought in from industry.