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Five English hospital trusts have higher than expected deaths, finds new mortality measure

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f554 (Published 25 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f554
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Five hospital trusts in England have shown higher than expected mortality ratio for two years running, the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre has reported.1

Colchester, Tameside, Blackpool, Basildon and Thurrock, and East Lancashire registered higher death rates for two consecutive periods of 12 months, 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 and 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. A further seven trusts had a higher than expected mortality in the most recent period, but attention is likely to focus on the group of five, because two successive years of poor results is more likely than a single year to signal poor care.

Over the same two …

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