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NHS is facing £1.1billion in clinical negligence claims every year

The amount spent on clinical negligence claims has increased more than a third under the Coalition, with £1 in every £100 of the £95billion annual NHS budget used to compensate for mistakes last year. The £1.1billion figure was in data released by the Department of Health, which revealed the sum was paid out by the NHS Litigation Authority last year in claims equal to more than £15 for everyone in Britain. That compares to £863million in 2010/11, a jump of 38 per cent in the past four years. The number of litigation claims made every year has almost doubled under the Coalition. The scale of claims currently being made is unprecedented, with 11,945 cases reported by NHS trusts over the last financial year compared to 6,562 in 2009-10. As a result, the NHS has had to increase the amount it retains to deal with claims from £8.7billion in 2010 to £15.6billion in 2013-14

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