§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has on the misclassification of necrotising fasciitis on(a) death certificates and (b) hospital finished consultant episodes and data of disease and treatment.
§ Mr. Sackville
No studies have been done to ascertain what doctors record on the death certificates of patients who have had necrotising fasciitis. From 1990 to 1992, when necrotising fasciitis was given as the underlying cause of death, this was coded by Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys as "fasciitis unspecified" using the international classification of disease index.