NHS: Negligence

Health written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases were open on the NHS Litigation Authority database at the most recent date for which figures are available; and how many of them are being funded by (a) legal aid, (b) conditional fee agreements, (c) before the event insurance, (d) private means and (e) other means.

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

The information requested was obtained from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) and is provided in the following table. Claimants are not required to provide details of their funding arrangements, but the NHSLA records this where it is known.

Number of clinical negligence claims open as at 28 February 2009
Claimant funding Total
Before the Event Insurance 847
Conditional Fee Arrangement 3,743
Legal Services Commission 4,697
Self-funded 798
Unknown 1,453
Grand total 11,538

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