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General Information

Mortality data forms a critical component for research and surveillance activities undertaken by Public Health England. Patient outcome data used in PHE surveillance can be derived directly from the healthcare professionals who report diseases to us or through linkage of case-based surveillance to death registration data. Where available, analyses on or including details on patient mortality are available through the website via individual topic pages.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles information about the UK’s society and economy including statistics on deaths in England and Wales. The information used in the ONS mortality statistics is based on details collected when deaths are certified and registered. Most deaths are certified by a medical practitioner, using the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. The registration of life events (births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships) is carried out by the Local Registration Service in partnership with the General Register Office.

The ONS website provides a comprehensive source of freely available vital statistics on life events and ONS products. For more comprehensive detail and further explanation of mortality data collection, quality and reporting please refer to the ONS website.


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