New figures have shown that the Assembly Government in Wales has awarded medical negligence settlements of around £90 million over the last three years following cases brought against the country's NHS.
According to Wales Online, the country's government paid a total of £31.4 million in damages to parties over the duration of 2009-10, while also outlaying £18 million in costs one year previously and £38.8 million in 2007-08.
The news source added that the most common claims throughout this period were based around instances that will affect individuals for the remainder of their lives, such as brain damage and cerebral palsy, due to malpractice at their birth.
Meanwhile, 15 individual settlements in excess of £1 million were dished out by authorities within the Welsh NHS, which is responsible for providing healthcare to the country's population of three million.
It was revealed that the Swansea NHS Trust encountered the highest value claims in 2009-10, with 32 cases resulting in awards totalling £7.9 million.
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Posted by Richard Saunders