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NHS Grampian Pays £8m Clinical Negligence Compensation

Clinical negligence claims at NHS Grampian reach £8m

Patients of a Scottish Health Board have been awarded almost £8 million in clinical negligence compensation over the last five years.

Figures obtained under freedom of information legislation and published by the Aberdeen Press and Journal reveal that a total of 130 people have received damages from NHS Grampian since 2006.

According to the data, more than £5 million was awarded for clinical negligence claims in one year alone.

However, a spokesperson for the Scottish government insisted that the amount of money spent on clinical negligence claims in Scotland is lower than in the rest of the UK, per head of population.

"Regrettably medical accidents do happen from time to time. Every incident is thoroughly investigated, so that any lessons learned can be put into practice," a spokesperson for NHS Grampian commented.

A mother received damages of £21,500 from the board in January 2010, ending a five-year legal battle, after her baby was stillborn.

NHS Grampian, which provides services for half a million people, came into existence in 2004 after the region's two NHS Trusts were merged.