A hospital trust being investigated over baby deaths and subject to repeated warnings over patient safety across two sites has been put into special measures.
It means Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) in Shropshire is no longer trusted to run itself alone.
The trust was already reporting to a watchdog over maternity and emergency services care at both Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals.
SaTH has been contacted for comment.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has written to local MPs to inform them of the move to special measures.
He wrote: “In light of ongoing concerns about the trust’s quality and performance and recent concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission, I believe that this is the right decision to take to ensure safe services for patients”.
The decision to place the trust in special measures, imposed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Improvement, follows months of concern over the trust.
In August, it was announced that the scope of an independent review into a series of baby deaths – commissioned by the government in 2017 – would be expanded, with concerns raised over what is thought to be more than 100 cases.