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Hospital Acquired Infections

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were recorded as having died from a hospital acquired or secondary infection in each year since 1997; and what percentage of recorded deaths this represented in each case [107729]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Dr. Liam Fox, dated 8 April 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people were recorded as having died from a hospital acquired or secondary infection in each year since 1997: and what percentage of recorded deaths this represented in each case. (107729)

It is not possible to give reliable figures on the number of deaths involving hospital-acquired infections from routinely collected mortality data, as information on where the infection was acquired may not be available to the doctor certifying the death.