East Yorkshire hospital deaths amongst country's highest

image captionHull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust said it was "confident that we provide a safe level of care"

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust has one of England's highest level of death rates, according to a new survey.

Health research company Dr Foster said the trust was "notable for consistently high [death] rates".

According to the report, Hull and East Yorkshire is one of two trusts in England that have higher-than-expected levels in three out of four mortality measures.

The trust said it was "confident that we provide a safe level of care".

The annual survey records death rates using four measures - deaths in hospital, deaths in hospital and within 30 days of discharge, deaths linked to low-risk conditions and deaths after surgery.

The report said: "Hull has now registered high mortality rates on a number of measures for two years running."

The trust said the figures for deaths following treatment, known as the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI), were high due to the fact they provide care for terminally ill patients in a specialist unit at Castle Hill Hospital.

Dr Yvette Oade, executive medical director for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "In the past year we have conducted a complete review of our mortality rating and sought the advice of national experts to help us understand our figures and we are confident that we provide a safe level of care for our patients."

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