Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Department of Health written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legal cases have been initiated that involve treatment for trigeminal neuralgia given to patients at the Salford radiotherapy satellite of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) handles clinical negligence claims on behalf of its members under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST). Currently, all NHS trusts in England are members of the CNST.

A search of the NHS LA’s claims’ database shows that less than five claims for clinical negligence involving treatment for trigeminal neuralgia have been submitted to the NHS LA from all members of the CNST during the last 10 years.

I hope my hon. Friend will understand that where a small number of cases exists, the Department is unable to provide a specific figure or location, as the disclosure of such information could breach an individual’s confidentiality.

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