The investigation was prompted to look into Basildon Hospital after two consecutive years of higher than expected deaths. According to NHS statistics, which also take into account patients who died within 30 days of being discharged:
Between July 2010 and June 2011 there were 263 more deaths than the 1658 expected.
Between July 2011 and June 2012 there were 244 more than the projected 1699.
More top news
Services on major rail routes between London and south west England have been severely disrupted after a person was hit by a train.
The business executive, whose ruthless interviewing technique has won him many fans, is replacing Nick Hewer, who quit after a decade.
Recent opinion polls show Labour within striking distance of capturing the trophy seat of Finchley and Golders Green.