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Hypothermia

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many old age pensioners have died as a result of hypothermia in each year since 1979.

The information is as follows:

Number of deaths with mention of hypothermia on the death certificate for males aged 65 and over, and females aged 60 and over, in England and Wales from 1979 to 1988.
YearNumber of Deaths
MalesFemales
1979238477
1980165341
1981175411
1982204345
1983149314
1984165312
1985238485
1986254513
1987156338
1988162249

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of deaths where hypothermia was mentioned as a cause; and what is his estimate of the total number of deaths where hypothermia was the underlying cause of death in England in each year from 1978 to 1988.

The information is as follows:

Number of deaths from hypothermia as a mention on the death certificate; and also as an underlying cause1of death in England from 1978 to 1988.
YearMentioned1Underlying cause
1978646n/a
1979789404
1980555245
1981628n/a
1982611300
1983508209
1984516249

Information about the average and range of prescribing costs can only be made available without disproportionate expense for the last quarter. This is set out in the table. This information cannot be directly derived from PACT which is not a database.

YearMentioned1Underlying cause
1985762407
1986785411
1987517249
1988404181
1 Assigned to the 9th revision (1979) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes 778.3 and 991.6.

1981: Not available due to industrial action by registration officers.