C difficile deaths rise by 28 per cent

The number of deaths involving Clostridium difficile in England and Wales rose by 28 per cent between 2006 and 2007, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It was mentioned on 8,324 death certificates in 2007 compared with 6,480 in 2006.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary, said: ‘These are horrifying statistics. The truth is that these could be avoidable deaths.’


UK Statistics Authority

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