HC Deb 13 February 1990 vol 167 cc158-9W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital patients have died as a result of catching infection whilst in hospital for treatment for other conditions during each of the last five years.

Mr. Freeman

The exact information requested is not available. The number of deaths with the underlying cause of post-operative infection, England and Wales, 1984–88, is shown in the table.

Deaths from post operative infection,1 England and Wales, 1984–88
Year Deaths
1984 13
1985 12
1986 15
1987 11
21988 15
1International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, code 998.5.
2 Provisional data.