The NHS is likely to face an increased number of legal cases brought about against it on the grounds of clinical negligence, an official has stated.
According to Stephen Walker - chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority, which handles all such complaints against the organisation - the amount of negligence cases faced by the NHS is growing annually, Health Service Journal reports.
Mr Walker was speaking to MPs and revealed that 2011 in particular has seen a sharp rise in the amount of legal action being brought against the NHS, with the body experiencing a significant climb on the figures posted this year in comparison to the corresponding period in 2009-10.
"We're looking at perhaps between 25 and 30 per cent increase this year in the year to date," he added.
Figures show that over the course of 2009-10, the Litigation Authority settled negligence claims worth £787 million.
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Posted by Richard Saunders