§ 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.