PERFORMANCE: George Eliot Hospital Trust’s mortality rate has dropped, latest figures show, although it remains “higher than expected”.

A quarterly report by the Arden primary care trust cluster shows that, between April 2011 and March 2012, the trust had a summary hospital level mortality index of 1.164.

The national average figure is 1. George Eliot’s performance against the measure has been subject to scrutiny from commissioners throughout 2012.

Cluster board papers said George Eliot had higher deaths in hospital and at home than the national average, with lower numbers of deaths in hospice and nursing homes”, and that “there was no single cause of high [mortality, such as] “any specific patient group, specialty or diagnosis group.”

The papers said: “Reported deaths at GEH are showing a reduction year on year.”