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NHS 'finalised £10m negligence claims last year'

NHS 'finalised £10m negligence claims last year'

Clinical negligence compensation settlements agreed by the NHS with patients affected by hospital bugs were worth more than £10 million last year.

That is according to new data published by The Sun, which revealed that the NHS Litigation Authority finalised 93 damages claims with individuals throughout this timeframe, with the average sum awarded being £70,000.

These agreements were finalised after people sued the body because of the fact they had suffered with conditions such as MRSA and C difficile, even though health minister Simon Burns has pledged to take a zero-tolerance approach to eradicating all avoidable infections.

Mr Burns has insisted that cases of MRSA have gone down 29 per cent in the last year, while cases of C difficile dipped by 17 per cent in the same period, the news source added.

However, figures from the Litigation Authority reveal that the number of clinical negligence claims filed against the NHS climbed to 8,655 in 2010-11, in comparison to the 6,652 cases one year previously.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas