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NHS: Negligence

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Labour, Makerfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Litigation Authority paid in damages to successful claimants in each of the last three years; and how many and what proportion of cases in which the authority paid damages to claimants in each such year were settled or lost (a) at trial and (b) within six weeks of trial.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information to show how much the NHS Litigation Authority paid in damages to successful claimants in each of the last three years is in the following tables.

Number of clinical negligence claims closed with damages 2008-09 to 2010-11
Year of closure Number of claims Damages paid (£)
2008-09 2,986 278,038,411
2009-10 3,758 267,332,564
2010-11 5,259 499,478,033
Total 12,003 1,044,849,007
Number of clinical negligence claims settled as periodical payments 2008-09 to 2010-11
Year of settlement Number of claims Total d amages(£ )
2008-09 131 552,136,757
2009-10 128 504,736,479
2010-11 130 547,337,006
Total 389 1,604,210,242
Notes: 1. Data in relation to how many and what proportion of cases in which the authority paid damages to claimants in each year were settled or lost (a) at trial and (b) within six weeks of trial can be provided only at disproportionate cost. 2. Data on damages pertaining to date of settlement can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Source: NHS Litigation Authority May 2011

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