To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases were closed by the NHS Litigation Authority in the last year for which figures are available; 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; and how many cases in each category of funding resulted in an award of damages or a settlement involving an agreement to pay damages.
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 closed in 2007-08 as at 28 February 2009|
|Claimant funding||Damages awarded||No damages||Grand total|
|Before the Event Insurance||287||91||378|
|Conditional Fee Arrangement||1,132||438||1,570|
|Legal Services Commission||1,133||803||1,936|