Billions paid out over NHS medical negligence
Posted: July 23, 2015
Posted in: Medical Negligence
Recently released figures have shown that a total of 20 hospital trusts have paid out £1.1billion for medical negligence in the last five years. When legal costs were included in the bill, more than £4.5billion was paid out for the medical mistakes. According to a recent Telegraph investigation, the legal bill for medical negligence has quadrupled in the past decade.
From 2009/10 – 2013/14, the top NHS trusts for medical negligence payouts were:
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals – £79.0m (463 claims)
- The Leeds Teaching Hospitals – £78.3m (589 claims)
- Oxford University Hospitals – £75.4m (341 claims)
- Nottingham University Hospitals – £71.6m (466 claims)
- Barts and The London – £62.8m (440 claims)
- King’s College Hospital – £61.9m (299 claims)
- University Hospitals of Leicester – £61.8m (496 claims)
- Imperial College Healthcare – £60.5m (387 claims)
- Pennine Acute Hospitals – £60.2m (649 claims)
- Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells – £57.3m (281 claims)
According to the NHS LA, it would take between £25bn and £30bn, almost a third of the £115bn a year NHS budget in England, to settle all medical negligence cases.
Medical Negligence expert Lisa Jordan said: “If the NHS wants to save money it should focus on reducing the number of medical errors so there are fewer innocent victims needing our help.”
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