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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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Negligence-case lawyers ‘look for too much money’

THE parents of children brain damaged at birth are enduring long court ordeals because their lawyers are asking for exorbitant compensation, according to the head of the State Claims Agency.
Ciaran Breen was responding to strong criticism levelled at the agency for its treatment of families who have taken medical negligence claims against hospitals and doctors for their child’s catastrophic injury.
“Many people express concern that, in some cases, parents of children who have been catastrophically injured as a result of clinical negligence have had to undergo the additional trauma of giving evidence in court and being cross-examined on their evidence,” he said.
“Sometimes it happens because the case is so complex that liability or causation have been difficult to determine or are in dispute.
“But it mostly happens in cases where the settlement demands made by plaintiffs’ lawyers are significantly overstated.”

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