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NHS: Negligence

Health written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) whether the NHS Litigation Authority is operating a moratorium on settling large claims; and if he will make a statement;

(2) in how many cases the NHS Litigation Authority has admitted liability but voluntary interim payments have not been paid; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many cases received by the NHS Litigation Authority have been resolved in terms of (a) liability and (b) damages and fees in each month since May 2010.

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

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) does not have a moratorium on settling large claims. The NHSLA is committed to appropriately resolving all claims as speedily as possible.

The NHSLA does not have data on the number of cases where it admitted liability but voluntary interim payments have not been paid, because the NHSLA does not have a record of all instances where voluntary interim payments were requested.

The number of clinical negligence claims settled by the NHSLA by month since May 2010 is shown in the following table. The table shows separately the number of settlements with no damages or costs and the number of settlements with damages and/or costs.

  Number of claims settled
Month of settlement Nil damages and costs With damages and/or costs Total
May 2010 119 414 533
June 2010 102 477 579
July 2010 99 .515 614
August 2010 99 373 472
September 2010 81 510 591
October 2010 176 663 839
November 2010 182 640 822
December 2010 113 470 583
January 2011 117 520 637
February 2011 128 549 677
March 2011 176 628 804
April 2011 73 437 510
May 2011 107 609 716
June 2011 121 575 696
July 2011 122 604 726
August 2011 146 722 868
September 2011 149 599 748
October 2011 269 589 858
November 2011 143 546 689
Note: The data cover the period up to 30 November 2011. Source: NHS Litigation Authority, 2011

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