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Higher death rates at hospitals

HIGHER than expected death rates have been flagged up at two Scottish hospitals.

The latest figures, published yesterday, showed hospital mortality has dropped by more than 14% across Scotland since 2007.

However, death rates at Ayr Hospital and Monklands Hospital, Lanarkshire, were above average during the last three months of 2013.

Monklands is part of a safety drive after grave concerns were raised last year. Ayr Hospital has a good longer term record but is expected to investigate.

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