Higher than expected death rates at four West Midlands hospitals

Four West Midlands NHS trusts are among 16 in England showing higher than expected death rates, according to a major report.

The hospitals include:

  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

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