NHS: Negligence

Health written question – answered on 17th January 2012.

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Photo of Andy Slaughter Andy Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 17th January 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence proceedings have been brought against the NHS in the last 12 months; and to which types of adverse incident each relate.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health 17th January 2012

The information requested is in the following table:

Number of clinical negligence claims where proceedings were issued during 2011
  Claim notified to NHS litigation authority  
Injury Before 2011 During 2011 Total
Addiction/dependency 0 1 1
Additional/unnecessary operation(s) 159 159 318
Advanced stage cancer 16 19 35
Amputation—lower 38 29 67
Amputation—upper 6 3 9
Anal fissure 1 3 4
Anaphylactic shock/allergic shock/allergy 3 2 5
Aneurysm 0 2 2
Arterial damage 2 0 2
Benign tumour 0 2 2
Bile duct damage 6 5 11
Bladder damage 14 16 30
Blindness 20 10 30
Bodily harm/murder 0 1 1
Bowel damage/dysfunction 31 27 58
Brain damage 80 33 113
Bruising/extravasation 2 3 5
Burn(s) 5 5 10
Cancer 14 23 37
Cardiac arrest 4 5 9
Cardiovascular condition 4 3 7
Cerebral palsy 73 8 81
Chronic fatigue syndrome 1 0 1
Compartment syndrome 7 3 10
Cosmetic disfigurement 5 7 12
Cystic growth 0 1 1
Deafness 1 5 6
Decompression illness 0 1 1
Dental damage 5 6 11
Developmental delay 5 0 5
Dislocation 5 5 10
Down’s syndrome 1 0 1
Epilepsy 2 5 7
Erb's palsy 20 0 20
Failed sterilization 1 0 1
Fatality 121 155 276
Fistula 4 6 10
Foot drop 8 5 13
Fracture 43 40 83
HIV 1 1 2
Hernia 1 4 5
Hospital acquired infection 3 17 20
Impotence 2 2 4
Incontinence 7 4 11
Infectious diseases 4 2 6
Infertility 2 6 8
Joint damage 20 30 50
Limb deformity 3 1 4
Liver damage 1 1 2
Liver transplant 0 1 1
Loss of baby 3 4 7
Loss of kidney 2 1 3
Loss of sexual function 1 0 1
Loss of/damage to breast 0 1 1
Lung disease 1 1 2
Malignant tumour 2 3 5
Malnutrition 0 1 1
Meningitis 3 2 5
Multiple disabilities 5 2 7
Multiple injuries 3 1 4
Nerve damage 54 61 115
Not specified 1 5 6
Osteoporosis 2 0 2
Other 10 12 22
Other infection 10 7 17
Other visual problems 21 24 45
Paraplegia 12 1 13
Partial hearing loss 3 3 6
Partial paralysis 3 2 5
Perforation 8 7 15
Peritonitis 2 10 12
Poor outcome—fractures etc. 73 44 117
Pressure sores 19 15 34
Psychiatric/psychological damage 42 58 100
Radiation exposure 0 1 1
Reduced life expectancy 1 0 1
Removal of fallopian tube 0 3 3
Removal of testicle 5 1 6
Renal damage/failure 6 3 9
Respiratory disorder/failure 3 3 6
Rupture 3 3 6
Scarring 11 12 23
Spinal damage 5 9 14
Stillborn 14 7 21
Stroke 8 8 16
Tendon damage 12 6 18
Tetraplegia/quadriplegia 2 1 3
Thrombosis/embolism 7 5 12
Thyroid condition 0 1 1
Tissue damage 4 6 10
Tuberculosis 0 1 1
Unknown 0 10 10
Unnecessary pain 128 174 302
Unwanted pregnancy 4 3 7
Wrongful birth 6 6 12
Total 1,250 1,195 2,445
Source: NHS Litigation Authority.

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