A new report by Dr Foster, the independent health watchdog, has found that the trust which runs the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven is amongst the worst 12 in the country in regards to mortality rates.
The North Cumbria Trust rated higher than expected for both deaths following hospital treatment and deaths while in hospital care. However, deaths after surgery and deaths in low risk conditions both fell within acceptable boundaries.
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