More than 30,000 people died in the UK between 2004 and 2008 due to hospital-acquired infections methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff), according to latest figures.

The Office for National Statistics data shows that deaths related to MRSA more than doubled between 2004 to 2007, claiming 6,000 lives compared with the previous four years.

Deaths due to C. diff quadrupled between 2004 and 2007 to more than 20,000 when compared with the two sets of previous three-year figures, UK newspaper The Telegraph reported.