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NHS 'set to face more clinical negligence claims in 2011'

NHS 'set to face more clinical negligence claims in 2011'

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