This bulletin presents the latest figures on deaths mentioning either Clostridium difficile infection or Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Figures are presented for Wales and are broken down by sex, age group and whether the death occurred in hospital or elsewhere.



  • Deaths involving Clostridium difficile

    Number of deaths where Clostridium difficile is involved. Age-specific and age-standardised rates broken down by sex and age group and place of death, Wales 1999, 2001 to 2016.

  • Deaths involving MRSA: Wales

    Numbers, age-standardised rates, age-specific rates and place of occurrence for deaths involving MRSA and Staphylococcus aureus, Wales, 1993 to 2016.

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
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Pre-release access list for Deaths involving Clostridium difficile or MRSA, Wales: 2015

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access granted to Organisation
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Welsh Government
Minister for Social Services and Public Health Welsh Government
Policy Lead Welsh Government
Statistician Welsh Government
Head of Health Statistics and Analysis Welsh Government