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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.
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|
|Note: The data cover the period up to 30 November 2011. Source: NHS Litigation Authority, 2011|