The health trust which runs hospitals in Burnley and Blackburn has been taken out of special measures a year after it was named in a damning report of failing organisations.
After the latest inspection of Burnley General and the Royal Blackburn Hospitals by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was found to have made significant improvements. But Prof. Sir Mike Richards and his inspectors warned the Trust still needs to improve further and will continue to receive support to drive up standards at both hospitals after visits in April and May.
They made 13 recommendations for areas which need to be addressed by hospital bosses.
Last summer the Trust was one of 14 across the country placed in special measures due to its high death rates following the publication of the Keogh Review.
• For much more on this story, including more from the inspection report and reaction from hospital bosses, see Friday’s Burnley Express.