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Clostridium

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) infections and (b) deaths due to Clostridium difficile in (i) Gloucestershire hospitals NHS trust and (ii) England in each of the last five years. (159666)

We introduced mandatory surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in January 2004. The latest annual data were published in July 2007 and the number of CDI reports for patients aged 65 and over in Gloucestershire hospitals NHS foundation trust and in England are in the following table.

Gloucestershire NHS foundation trust

England

January to December 2004

763

44,563

January to December 2005

1,073

51,829

January to December 2006

1,058

55,634

Source:

Health Protection Agency—provisional data

While some of the increase will be due to improved reporting, the national levels are too high and this is why we have announced a new indicator to reduce infections by 30 per cent. by March 2011.

Information on the number of deaths in individual national health service trusts is not available but the number of death certificates in England mentioning CDI is in the following table.

Mentions of C. difficile

Number of these where underlying cause of death is C. difficile

2001

1,150

661

2002

1,338

709

2003

1,702

912

2004

2,155

1,187

2005

3,697

2,008

Source:

ONS Health Statistics Quarterly 33