Leeds and Wakefield see £45m in clinical negligence claims over three years

Leeds and Wakefield’s NHS Trusts paid £45 million to settle medical negligence compensation claims over the last three years, the Yorkshire Evening Post has revealed.

The report of clinical negligence claims comes in the wake of the Francis Report, which called for improved complaints handling standards and the encouraging of whistleblowers in order to deal with the ‘culture of secrecy’ that impacts health and safety in the NHS.

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust – which runs St James’s Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary – was responsible for £28 million in clinical negligence claims between 2010 and 2013, while Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – which covers hospitals in Pontefract, Dewsbury and Wakefield – paid out £16.6 million.

Clinical negligence claims are paid by the NHS Litigation Authority, which provides indemnity and insurance cover for  NHS bodies.

The most expensive medical negligence compensation payments were generally seen following errors in obstetrics and gynaecology, which are usually birth injury claims.

The figures received by the Yorkshire Evening Post do not relate to any other personal injury claims other than those relating to clinical negligence. Therefore, slips, trips and falls or accident at work claims were not included.

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