Patients are dying in higher numbers than expected at two London hospital trusts, a report reveals.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS trust and South London Healthcare NHS trust are shown to have alarmingly high death rates.
They are among 19 hospital trusts out of 147 in England which have been singled out for worrying mortality levels.
The influential Dr Foster Hospital Guide, which Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has applauded for allowing patients to make better choices about their treatment, said Barking, Havering and Redbridge was one of the poorest performing, with only three trusts having higher death rates. It also fares badly for care of stroke patients.