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Release: Mortality Statistics: Deaths Registered in England and Wales (Series DR), 2012

Released: 22 October 2013 (Latest) Next edition: October - November 14 (provisional date)


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Death Registrations, Causes of Death, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Region

Presents mortality statistics on deaths registered in England and Wales by age-group, sex and underlying cause of death and by other selected information collected at the time of registration.

Before 2006, tables were published as part of the annual publication Mortality Statistics: General, England and Wales (Series DH1: discontinued) , Mortality Statistics: Cause, England and Wales (Series DH2: discontinued) or Mortality Statistics: Injury and Poisoning, England and Wales (Series DH4: discontinued). The data years available include 1999 - 2005.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality Metadata (2.7 Mb Pdf)  and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information (382.3 Kb Pdf) .

Further ONS releases based on death registrations include:

An interactive mapping tool enables trends in mortality to be analysed. Mortality rates for 2002-2010 in this tool need to be recalculated using revised population estimates which take account of the 2011 Census. The tool will be updated once decisions are made about implementing changes to the European Standard Population in the UK.

Weekly provisional deaths registered in England and Wales provide provisional counts of deaths registered in England and Wales. Monthly Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence provide provisional monthly counts of deaths and final monthly counts for previous years.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual mortality data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries. Summary data for death rates, cause of death data by sex and age, death registrations by area of residence and death registrations by single year of age can be found in the Deaths registrations summary tables, England and Wales.

A geographical breakdown of mortality statistics is available in deaths registered in England and Wales by area of usual residence.

The 20th Century Mortality Files are a record of mortality in England and Wales from 1901 to 2000 while the 21st Century Mortality Files are a record of mortality in England and Wales from 2001 onwards.

Injury and Poisoning mortality, England and Wales presents annual data on deaths from injury and poisoning in England and Wales using a matrix of mechanism by intent developed by the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on injury statistics.

Excess winter mortality in England and Wales presents provisional figures of excess winter deaths for the latest winter period, and final figures for the previous winter period. Figures are presented by underlying cause, age, sex and region. National trend data are available from 1991/92 onwards.

Deaths involving Clostridium difficile presents mortality rates and details on the number of deaths involving Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) for England and Wales. National trend data are available from 1999 onwards. Deaths involving MRSA provides the number and rate of deaths involving Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for England and Wales. National trend data are provided for 1993 onwards.

Deaths related to drug poisoning contains data on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales from 1993 onwards, by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. UK alcohol related deaths presents the latest alcohol-related death figures for the UK, England, Wales, and Regions in England.

UK suicides present suicide numbers and rates in the United Kingdom, England and Wales, and Regions in England.

For mortality data for other UK countries please see statistics on deaths in Scotland and statistics on deaths in Northern Ireland

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

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