Death rates in 19 NHS trusts have been found to be higher than expected in the past year, according to a report by Dr Foster Intelligence.
The report looked at 147 trusts and analysed the overall death rates, deaths after surgery and other indicators that can give an estimate about patient care in hospital.
It indicated that 19 NHS trusts had higher than expected death rates in 2010 – an improvement from 2009, when 27 NHS trusts had higher than expected death rates.
The report revealed that four trusts had higher than expected death rates after surgery, and two – Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and University Hospitals Birmingham – had higher than expected death rates and higher rates of deaths after surgery.
In addition, across the 147 NHS trusts, there were 62,800 adverse medical events, 30,500 patients developed avoidable blood clots and 6000 patients developed pressure sores.