Clinical Negligence Claims 'cost London NHSLA £470,000 a day'

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) pays out £470,000 every day for medical negligence compensation claims, figures obtained by the Evening Standard reveal.

As a result, health trusts in London spent £172 million on clinical negligence claims during 2012, or more than £200 million when court costs and legal expenses are considered.

More than half of this expenditure related to maternity errors, with obstetrics claims seeing London healthcare trusts and hospitals settling claims worth £89 million over the year.

Overall, Barts Health NHS Trust spent more on clinical negligence compensation than any other UK healthcare trust, spending a total of £24.4 million. The Trust pointed out that this is due to the complexity and number of the cases it deals with, stating it “prides itself” on its “excellent” patient safety record.

The 41 health trusts analysed in the Evening Standard’s data saw 1,124 claims over the year – a slight annual increase on the previous year’s figures of 1,211.

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