Dear NHS England,
This is a request under the freedom of information act.
Can you please advise me as to how many deaths in the UK over the last 4 weeks from the date of this request meet the following criteria.
Covid-19 Is directly responsible for the death of the patient rather than it being recorded due to the presense of the disease with in 28 days of there death,
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Dear Andrew Gifford,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 13 June
Your exact request was:
“Can you please advise me as to how many deaths in the UK over the last 4
weeks from the date of this request meet the following criteria. Covid-19
Is directly responsible for the death of the patient rather than it being
recorded due to the presense of the disease with in 28 days of there
NHS England holds some information in relation to your request.
It may help if we first explain that NHS England is not the same as ‘the
NHS in England’. NHS England is responsible for commissioning primary care
and some specialist secondary care services, and is not a single
organisation, but is made up of a range of organisations including
hospitals, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Ambulance Trusts, and
Responsibility for healthcare in Northern
Ireland, Scotland and Wales is devolved to the Northern Ireland
Assembly, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Assembly Government
respectively. As such, you may wish to contact the providers for
those nations directly.
NHS England holds information in respect of deaths of patients who have
died in hospitals in England and had tested positive for COVID-19 or where
COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
We are, however, withholding this information under s21 of the FOI Act
(Information accessible by other means) as the information is already in
the public domain. This information is published on our website at:
The daily statistical publication contains:
* COVID-19 deaths by region
* COVID-19 deaths by region: Cases where COVID-19 is mentioned on the
death certificate and no positive COVID-19 test result was received
* COVID-19 deaths by age band
* COVID-19 deaths by NHS Trust
The weekly published summary contains:
* COVID-19 deaths by ethnicity
* COVID-19 deaths by age and gender
* COVID-19 deaths by age group and pre-existing condition
* COVID-19 deaths by type of pre-existing condition
Please note that NHS England does not hold data for any individual sites,
units or facilities within each trust.
As detailed in the notes which accompany the statistics, the figures do
not include deaths outside hospital, for example in care homes or in the
community, and are for England only. NHS England does not hold information
in relation to deaths outside of hospitals.
Please note that the above figures do not state whether or not COVID-19
was the single cause of death. NHS England only collects data with respect
to deaths of patients who have died in hospitals in England and had tested
positive for COVID-19 in the 28 days prior to their death, or where
COVID-19 was mentioned on their death certificate. For further information
on this methodology of reporting please see:
NHS England does not collect or hold any other information about COVID
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) collect death certificate data
which contains the cause of death for all deaths registered in England.
This is available at:
Public Health England (PHE) and the ONS also publish data on COVID-19
deaths in all settings in the UK by Local Authority at the below links:
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Email: [NHS England request email]
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