An NHS Trust has paid out more than £6 million over the last five years, recently released figures have revealed.
Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust made the payments for a series of claims between 2001 and 2006.
The majority of the claims were accounted for by botched operations, which resulted in just payments totalling just under £2 million.
Meanwhile, women encountering birth difficulties cost the trust nearly £1.4 million, while mishaps in accident and emergency departments saw patients accrue payments of £1 million.
News of the payouts come as a series of NHS trusts are set to face a series of claims from female employees seeking their pay to be backdated in keeping with equality laws.
It is thought that up to 10,000 workers employed by NHS Scotland are currently lodging such claims.