HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 c47W
Dr. Owen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in England and Wales were admitted to hospital as a result of iatrogenic illness in the latest year for which figures are available.

Mrs. Currie

The information requested about iatrogenic illness is not collected centrally. Such figures as are available, which relate to discharges or deaths are given in the attached table.

Estimated number of discharges (including deaths in hospital) of in-patients with diagnosis as shown, NHS hospitals, England 1984–85
1984 1985
Post-operative infection—main diagnosis 7,120 6,890
Post-operative infection—subsidiary diagnosis 9,090 8,720
Aplastic anaemia—main diagnosis 3,290 2,820