NHS: Negligence

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st May 2018.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Conservative, Basildon and Billericay

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many medical negligence claims against the NHS which were settled in the last five years legal proceedings were issued; and in how many such claims (a) damages payments were made, (b) the issue of proceedings has been required in order to obtain court approval of the settlement and (c) damages payments were not made.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Resolution handles clinical negligence claims on behalf of National Health Service organisations and independent sector providers of NHS care in England.

NHS Resolution has provided the following information:

The following table shows the number of litigated clinical claims closed 2012/13 to 2016/17 as at the end of each respective closure year:

Year of Closure

With Damages

Nil Damages

Total

2012/13

2,009

723

2,732

2013/14

2,202

740

2,942

2014/15

2,291

771

3,062

2015/16

2,514

797

3,311

2016/17

3,217

1,017

4,234

It is not possible to say which of these claims required court approval of the settlement, because NHS Resolution does not record this information in a way that can be easily or quickly extracted.

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