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 what the total cost was to the NHS of clinical negligence cases in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and in each year what was the proportion paid in legal fees.

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

holding answer 5 November 2001

Figures on the amounts included in the National Audit Summarised Accounts for clinical negligence expenditure for the latest available years are as follows:

Year £ million
1996–97 235
1997–98 144
1998–99 221
1999–2000 373


National health service summarised accounts for health authorities, NHS trusts and NHS litigation authority

Figures prior to 1996–97 are not available because clinical negligence was not separately identified in the accounts before that date.

Changes to accounting policies mean that these amounts are not directly comparable.

The summarised accounts do not show, and it is therefore not possible to break down, separately what proportion of these figures are for legal fees.

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