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Food Poisoning

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the number of people who have died from food poisoning in National Health Service hospitals in each of the last five years.

The numbers of deaths occurring in National Health Service hospitals in England and Wales, where the underlying cause of death was food poisoning*, are shown in the table for each of the last five years.These statistics are for place of death; the location of the patient at the time of the acquisition of the infection is not known to the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys.

Number of deaths from food poisoning* in National Health Service hospitals in England and Wales, 1980–84
YearNumber
198036
198136
198262
198344
198453
* ICD codes 003 'other salmonella infections'
005 'other food poisoning (bacterial)'
988 'toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as food'
(Excludes typhoid, paratyphoid and dysentery.)