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 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.

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 received in 2007-08 as at 28 February 2009
Claimant funding Total
Before the Event Insurance 418
Conditional Fee Arrangement 1,896
Legal Services Commission 1,209
Self-funded 679
Unknown 1,014
Grand total 5,216

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