Clinical Negligence

Health written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson Labour, Holborn and St Pancras

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims for clinical negligence were made against the NHS in each of the last five years, for which figures are available.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

holding answer 5 November 2001

Comprehensive data on the total number of clinical negligence claims are not collected centrally.

However, the national health service litigation authority handles clinical negligence claims made against the NHS under two risk pooling schemes, but only those at above certain values. The NHS litigation authority does not hold data on whether a case is funded by legal aid or under a conditional fee arrangement (no-win no-fee). Of the claims held by the NHS litigation authority on its database, the information requested is set shown in the table:

Clinical negligence claims against the NHS
Year All claims
1996–97 4,017
1997–98 6,711
1998–99 6,415
1999–2000 5,973
2000–01 4,570

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