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NHS trusts record 15,000 excess deaths*

"Significantly high" death rates have been recorded at 19 of England's 133 NHS trusts, a BBC investigation has established.

There were 15,396 more deaths than expected at the trusts in the period between 2011 and 2016.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust had the highest number of excess deaths - 1,878 over the five years.

The analysis reveals a strong link between high mortality rates in England and lower than average doctor numbers.

High levels of hospital bed occupancy also appear to be an increasingly important factor in high mortality rates.  Read in full here

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