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Hospitals (Infection Rates)

Volume 81: debated on Thursday 20 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the post surgical infection rate in National Health Service hospitals in each year since 1979.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 June 1985, c. 557.] The available information is given in the table.

*NHS hospitals
YearEstimated number of inpatient cases with a diagnosis of post-operative infection as percentage of all in-patient cases who undergo operations
England and Wales
1983 (provisional)0·8
* Excluding psychiatric and maternity hospitals and units