Maternity Services: Negligence

Health written question – answered on 2nd April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims under Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts there have been relating to maternity services since 1995; and what the value has been of such claims.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Numbers and values of open Obstetrics claims by year since 1995
NHSLA notification year Number of claims Provision (£) Damages paid (£) Defence costs paid (£) Claimant costs paid (£) Total paid (£)
1995-96 1 65,910 260,000 55,717 96,000 411,717
1996-97 15 20,713,281 14,528,917 1,000,993 1,765,121 17,295,031
1997-98 38 69,061,487 36,891,074 3,306,765 4,523,569 44,721,408
1998-99 36 65,345,652 32,882,070 2,318,862 3,304,852 38,505,784
1999-2000 60 90,270,296 59,615,618 4,470,430 6,320,348 70,406,396
2000-01 77 111,124,415 37,003,394 4,574,095 4,524,231 46,101,720
2001-02 102 153,984,627 38,508,925 5,157,911 4,108,059 47,774,895
2002-03 95 156,242,842 29,710,673 4,242,325 3,799,108 37,752,105
2003-04 102 150,071,824 20,910,337 3;366,845 1,753,813 26,030,995
2004-05 141 112,589,541 11,467,436 2,679,355 1,641,137 15,787,928
2005-06 209 158,600,728 11,101,880 2,598,870 1,597,013 15,297,763
2006-07 286 140,322,361 2,863,559 1,508,175 744,086 5,115,819
2007-08 so far 368 122,591,874 393,619 309,698 137,162 840,479
Total 1,530 1,350,984,839 296,137,504 35,590,040 34,314,496 366,042,039
Numbers and values of closed obstetrics claims by year since 1995
NHSLA notification year Number of claims Damages paid (£) Defence costs paid (£) Claimant costs paid (£) Total paid (£)
1995-96 20 5,417,067 203,938 369,449 5,990,454
1996-97 95 45,301,545 2,220,487 4,622,019 52,144,050
1997-98 120 33,496,440 2,228,494 3,762,454 39,487,387
1998-99 198 37,430,932 3,138,317 4,778,256 45,347,505
1999-2000 347 56,064,232 5,786,991 8,472,891 70,324,114
2000-01 419 68,584,013 6,524,745 8,169,565 83,278,323
2001-02 837 43,369,399 8,428,152 11,039,158 62,836,709
2002-03 828 31,478,208 5,492,940 10,327,096 47,298,243
2003-04 652 20,481,953 2,795,414 5,310,219 28,587,586
2004-05 561 11,067,514 1,915,640 3,873,399 16,856,553
2005-06 466 3,501,356 899,224 2,395,002 6,795,582
2006-07 304 1,604,464 239,987 967,494 2,811,944
2007-08 so far 70 125,198 10,126 96,790 232,114
Total 4,917 357,922,318 39,884,453 64,183,793 461,990,565
Numbers and values of all obstetrics claims by year since 1995
NHSLA notification year Number of claims Provision (£) Damages paid (£) Defence costs paid (£) Claimant costs paid (£) Total paid (£)
1995-96 21 65,910 5,677,067 259,654 465,449 6,402,171
1996-97 110 20,713,281 59,830,462 3,221,480 6,387,140 69,439,082
1997-98 158 69,061,487 70,387,514 5,535,259 8,286,022 84,208,795
1998-99 234 65,345,652 70,313,002 5,457,179 8,083,107 83,853,288
1999-2000 407 90,270,296 115,679,850 10,257,421 14,793,239 140,730,509
2000-01 496 111,124,415 105,587,407 11,098,841 12,693,796 129,380,044
2001-02 939 153,984,627 81,878,324 13,586,063 15,147,218 110,611,604
2002-03 923 156,242,842 61,188,881 9,735,264 14,126,204 85,050,349
2003-04 754 150,071,824 41,392,290 6,162,259 7,064,031 54,618,580
2004-05 702 112,589,541 22,534,950 4,594,995 5,514,536 32,644,481
2005-06 675 158,600,728 14,603,236 3,498,095 3,992,015 22,093,345
2006-07 590 140,322,361 4,468,022 1,748,162 1,711,580 7,927,764
2007-08 so far 438 122,591,874 518,817 319,823 233,952 1,072,593
Total 6,447 1,350,984,839 654,059,822 75,474,493 98,498,289 828,032,604
Notes:

NHSLA Notification year relates to the year the claim was notified to the NHSLA, and not the year the incident occurred nor the year the claim was settled.

Open claims include claims where damages have been agreed but final payments have not yet been paid.

Provisions denote the likely amount that the NHSLA expects to pay on the claim, given current available data, should it be successful. Provisions are subject to change over time.

Data shown is valid for the period up to 20 March 2008.

Source:

NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA).

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