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MRSA: Lancashire

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people died after contracting MRSA in Lancashire in each of the last five years; (125170)

(2) how many people died after contracting clostridium difficile in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 8 March 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking how many people died after contracting MRSA, and how many people died after contracting Clostridium difficile, in Lancashire in each of the last five years. (125170 & 125171)

Special analyses of deaths involving MRSA and Clostridium difficile are undertaken annually by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales. These are published in Health Statistics Quarterly. The latest year for which such figures are available is 2005.

It is not possible from ONS mortality statistics to state where a person contracted MRSA or Clostridium difficile. Therefore, the tables below show the number of deaths where MRSA or Clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate or was the underlying cause of death, in residents of the county of Lancashire.

Table 1: number of death certificates where Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus1 was (a) mentioned and (b) recorded as the underlying cause of death2, in residents of Lancashire3, 2001-054(a) mentioned(b) underlying cause of death2001722002105200316820041742005259 1 Identified using the methodology described in Griffiths C, Lamagni TL, Crowcroft NS, Duckworth G and Rooney C (2004). Trends in MRSA in England and Wales: analysis of morbidity and mortality data for 1993-2002. Health Statistics Quarterly 21, 15-22.2 Excludes neonatal deaths. Since 1986 ONS has used the internationally recommended death certificate for neonatal deaths. This means that these deaths cannot be assigned an underlying cause of death*.3 Excludes deaths to residents of Blackpool UA and Blackburn with Darwent UA.4 Data are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.* Office for National Statistics (2005) Mortality Statistics: Childhood Infant and Perinatal, Series DH3 No.36, Office for National Statistics: London.

Table 2: number of death certificates where Clostridium difficile1 was (a) mentioned and (b) recorded as the underlying cause of death2, in residents of Lancashire3, 1997-20044

(a) mentioned

(b) underlying cause of death

2001

15

9

2002

16

8

2003

26

14

2004

28

18

2005

50

26

1 Identified using the methodology described in Office for National Statistics (2005) Report: Deaths involving Clostridium difficile: England and Wales, 1999-2004. Health Statistics Quarterly 30, 56-60.

2 Excludes neonatal deaths. Since 1986 ONS has used the internationally recommended death certificate for neonatal deaths. This means that these deaths cannot be assigned an underlying cause of death*.

3 Excludes deaths to residents of Blackpool UA and Blackburn with Darwent UA.

4 Data are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.

* Office for National Statistics (2005) Mortality Statistics: Childhood Infant and Perinatal, Series DH3 No.36, Office for National Statistics: London.