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Andy Slaughter (Shadow Minister (Justice); Hammersmith, Labour)

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.

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Simon Burns (The Minister of State, Department of Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)

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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