04 August 2010
NHS clinical negligence claims reach £15bn
The amount of money that will be spent by the NHS on clinical negligence claims made against it in the coming years is likely to be in the region of £15 billion, a report by the health organisation has stated.
According to the NHS Litigation Authority's 2010 report, this total is higher than the sum previously put aside for such legal action, which was estimated to be £11.9 billion in 2008.
This figure is representative of the money that has already been awarded in claims cases as well as the cash that the organisation is expecting to have to give in compensation in the foreseeable future.
The report goes on to state that more than 6,650 complaints were filed against the NHS - which is the UK's primary state healthcare body - in 2009, which is an increase on corresponding figures posted in previous years.
Dame Joan Higgins, chairperson of the NHS Litigation Authority, commented that these growing statistics serve to underline the "urgency of finding a solution to this problem".
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Posted by Daniel Stevens