To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases were brought in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of them were funded by (a) legal aid, (b) conditional fee agreements, (c) before the event insurance, (d) private means and (e) other means.
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 received in 2007-08 as at 28 February 2009|
|Before the Event Insurance||418|
|Conditional Fee Arrangement||1,896|
|Legal Services Commission||1,209|