Clostridium: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of (a) the per patient cost to the NHS of treating C-difficile infection (b) the cost the NHS of treating bed-bound patients in hospitals as a result of that infection in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating patients with (a) severe or life-threatening and (b) acute or mild C-difficile infection.

Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating patients with recurrent C-difficile infection in each of the last three years.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Using data from United Kingdom hospitals, in 2017, Public Health England (PHE) estimated the cost of the first episode of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection to be approximately £6000. This can be viewed at the following link:

https://academic.oup.com/jac/article/72/9/2647/3867671

No estimate has been made of the cost to the National Health Service of treating bed-bound patients in hospital with C. difficile infection.

Severity definitions are not applied or recorded systematically for C. difficile. Therefore, it is not possible to estimate the cost to the NHS.

National statistics on C. difficile infection do not include the number or rate of recurrent cases in the United Kingdom therefore it is not possible to estimate the cost of treating patients with recurrent C. difficile to the NHS.

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