STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

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Medical blunders cost NHS billions

An analysis by The Telegraph shows 20 hospital trusts have paid out £1.1 billion for medical blunders in just five years. While below we tell the tragic story of a mother left severely brain damaged after giving birth to her daughter

More than £1.1bn has been paid out for blunders at just 20 NHS trusts in the past five years, a Telegraph investigation can disclose.

A league table reveals the trusts with the largest medical negligence bills in England – topped by a hospital trust which was embroiled in a scandal over the deaths of babies and mothers. In total, NHS trusts have paid out more than £4.5 billion in the past five years for medical mistakes. About a quarter was paid to law firms to cover legal costs and most of the rest in compensation to patients harmed by medical blunders.

The legal bill for medical blunders has quadrupled in the past decade, The Telegraph investigation shows.  Action against Medical Accidents, the patient safety charity, said last night the growing scale of payouts was of huge concern and a massive burden on the NHS. “Clinical negligence is a huge and growing strain on the finances of the NHS, but the human cost is far greater,” said Peter Walsh, the charity’s chief executive, “Millions could be saved if there were more honesty and earlier admissions of liability.”

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11733719/Medical-blunders-cost-NHS-billions.html

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Clampdown on lawyers overcharging NHS in clinical negligence cases

Government plans to save NHS £80m a year by capping legal fees that in some cases run as high as 10 times the amount paid in compensation to clients.

In one case, a source at the Department of Health said a lawyer pocketed £175,000 while the patient received just £11,800 in damages. In another, the legal bill was more than £80,000 while the patient only received £1,000, although the legal bill was later reduced to less than £5,000 by the courts after a successful challenge by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA).

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/27/nhs-clinical-negligence-cases-clampdown-lawyers

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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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http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/negligencecase-lawyers-look-for-too-much-money-30514875.html

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