A patient safety charity said hospitals criticised in Sir Bruce Keogh's NHS review should have been investigated "years ago".
Peter Walsh, chief executive of Action Against Medical Accidents, said:
It is scandalous that patients have lost their lives needlessly or been caused misery due to failings in basic care and the regulatory system that failed to act on warning signals.
The Keogh report has come too late for those patients. The hospitals concerned should have been investigated years ago when high mortality rates were already known about.
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