More hospitals in England are likely to be put in special measures, the health secretary has said as he unveiled the rescue plan for failing trusts.
Jeremy Hunt said the new inspection regime, which began its roll-out this week, would identify more trusts that needed turning around.
His comments came as he set out what support was being given to the 11 trusts already put in special measures.
Managers from top NHS hospitals are to be sent in to lend support.
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Bonus payments – from a pot totalling £5.5m – will be available to the successful trusts if standards are raised at failing sites, in a move that echoes the “super-heads” scheme for schools.
Mr Hunt said there were a “handful of inspirational leaders… anxious to help”.
He said that management consultants had been favoured in the past, but they had only identified problems – rather than solving them.
Instead, the buddy scheme would last between three to five years, and although he acknowledged the risk of diverting successful managers from their own hospitals, he said that managers’ posts would be back-filled.