Two Essex hospitals have higher than usual death rates

Hospital trusts in Colchester and Basildon have recorded "higher than expected" death rates two years in a row. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre list them among 5 trusts in the country with persistently high mortality rates between July 2010 and June 2012.

Experts said that the indictor should be seen as an "early warning mechanism" so trusts could examine why their score was higher than expected.