PERFORMANCE: North Lincolnshire PCT is monitoring concerns about mortality rates at two of its main providers, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The PCT’s latest quality review report notes work at Hull and East Yorkshire to improve whole-hospital mortality figures. It says the trust has “recently joined the North West Reducing Mortality Collaborative [and] is merging its Mortality Monitoring Committee with the Patient Safety Forum to create a Mortality and Harm Reduction Committee that will be responsible for driving down reductions in mortality and embedding patient safety into the culture of the organisation”.

Meanwhile, the paper says, “concerns remain regarding high mortality recordings in relation to stroke care” at North Lincolnshire and Goole. It says: “Mortality figures for a number of clinical areas are now presented by site.” It says the trust-wide risk adjusted mortality figures for stroke from January 2010-December 2010 was 126, compared to 95 for its peer group. The PCT paper says the issue “has been escalated to the Contract Board where performance will be challenged”, and a group has been established to “review all aspects of stroke care and identify appropriate actions as commissioners, to challenge and support improvements in performance”.