HC Deb 30 October 1985 vol 84 c566W
Sir Anthony Grant

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the number of cases of death through septicaemia in each of the last five years.

Mr. Whitney

The numbers of deaths for which septicaemia was coded as the underlying cause of death are given in the following table. However, septicaemia may also be mentioned on a death certificate as a complication of some other underlying cause; exact statistics of these cases are not available but they may be as many as ten times the numbers for which septicaemia was coded as the underlying cause.

*Deaths from Septicaemia, 1980–84, England and Wales
Year Males Females Persons
1980 175 184 359
1981 197 219 416
1982 224 248 472
1983 177 224 401
1984 203 267 470

Source: DH2 Mortality statistics, cause 1980–83 End of year computer runs, 1984

* Underlying cause only