Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NHS to pay £713m compensation in clinical negligence

  • 3 Comments

According to the Conservative Party, the NHS is set to fork out £713m in compensation for clinical negligence next year.

This year the NHS's bill is£396m meaning the amount will nearly double and is expected to take up a third of the extra funding hospitals have been allocated.

Shadow health minister Mark Simmonds described the system as "inefficient" and said it resulted in "vast legal costs" for the NHS.

The Conservatives said extra maternity funding from the Government is likely to be spent on increased premiums for negligence claims, which in that department alone is expected to be£119m.

Mr Simmonds said: "We need a robust and fair way for patients who have received negligent treatment in an NHS hospital to get the compensation they deserve.

"Instead, we have an inefficient system which incurs vast legal costs for NHS Trusts involved in legal battles."

A Department of Health spokesman admitted 2010's cost was "substantially higher" than previous years and said this was down to delayed settlements of more than 100 high-value cases.

He added: "The anticipated increase in clinical negligence payments for 2009/10 has been fully funded."

  • 3 Comments

Readers' comments (3)

  • Is there any wonder that the NHS is having to pay out more compensation for negligence when it runs on shoestring. The frontline is so short on staff that many tasks get missed and care is not given as it ought to be. Quite often there will be only 2 trained nurses for 30 ward patients. Whilst the nursing staff do not intentionally miss things, it is impossible to deliver care that we would like to our patients.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • It doesn't all have to do with the NHS having staffing problems. The majority of these cases have occured in theatres. Swabs and instruments being left in patients as well as wrong site surgical procedures! No trust should be allowed to use 'staffing' as an excuse for these. There are no excuses. Lack of communication and common sense by both nursing staff and surgeons are to blame as well as not being fully competent to carry out these procedures. If these problems were dealt with then the NHS would not have half of the problems that they do.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • It doesn't all have to do with the NHS having staffing problems. The majority of these cases have occured in theatres. Swabs and instruments being left in patients as well as wrong site surgical procedures! No trust should be allowed to use 'staffing' as an excuse for these. There are no excuses. Lack of communication and common sense by both nursing staff and surgeons are to blame as well as not being fully competent to carry out these procedures. If these problems were dealt with then the NHS would not have half of the problems that they do.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs