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Hospital death rates highlighted

North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is among 16 NHS trusts in England showing higher than expected death rates, according to a major report.

The guide, from health statistics firm Dr Foster, showed 16 hospital trusts had higher than expected death rates among patients in hospital, down from 20 the previous year.

The analysis showed 13 hospital trusts scored poorly on at least two out of four main indicators relating to patient death.

The indicators included a standard measure of in-hospital deaths, deaths within 30 days of the patient leaving hospital, deaths after surgery and deaths among people with low-risk conditions who would normally survive.

Of these 13 trusts, five were investigated earlier in the year by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh over concerns about their standards of care.

They were Northern Lincolnshire and Goole, Blackpool, Medway, North Cumbria, and United Lincolnshire hospital trusts.

Overall, the new report showed that 28 trusts had lower than expected in-hospital death rates. Furthermore, more trusts scored low on two or more of the death rate indicators than scored highly.

Using all key measures, the data also showed that 10 hospital trusts have one or more hospital sites with a death rate higher than the overall trust level.

The number of people who died in hospital in England and Wales in 2012/13 was also higher than in the previous year but lower than 2010/11.

Some 237,100 patients died in hospital in 2012/13, 4,400 more than in 2011/12 but 5,300 fewer than 2010/11.