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Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the number of cases of death through septicaemia in each of the last five years.

The numbers of deaths for which septicaemia was coded as the underlying cause of death are given in the following table. However, septicaemia may also be mentioned on a death certificate as a complication of some other underlying cause; exact statistics of these cases are not available but they may be as many as ten times the numbers for which septicaemia was coded as the underlying cause.

*Deaths from Septicaemia, 1980–84, England and Wales

Source: DH2 Mortality statistics, cause 1980–83 End of year computer runs, 1984

* Underlying cause only