Information in this precise form is not available, but I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the total compensation payments of all kinds made by National Health Service hospital authorities in England and Wales in each year to 1952–53, the latest year for which accounts are available. These payments very largely result from claims for damages in the kind of case the hon. Member has in mind.
I both resent and repudiate that supplementary question. I am publishing these figures at once in HANSARD, as is the normal custom, and not reading them out to the House. The Press, of course, will have them at once. I am absolutely certain that there has been no deterioration of any sort in the care which is given since the health services were nationalised.
Following is the table:
|TOTAL COMPENSATION PAYMENTS OF ALL KINDS MADE IN ENGLAND AND WALES BY NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE HOSPITAL AUTHORITIES.|
|5th July, 1948, to 31st March, 1949||7,560|
|Year ended 31st March, 1950||23,636|
|Year ended 31st March, 1951||38,556|
|Year ended 31st March, 1952||106,574|
|Year ended 31st March, 1953||152,590|