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NHS Scotland 'awarded £70m clinical negligence damages in 2.5 years'

NHS Scotland 'awarded £70m clinical negligence damages in 2.5 years'

Clinical negligence compensation totalling more than £70 million has been awarded in Scotland over a 2.5-year period due to errors made during births.

That is according to new data released under a new freedom of information request, which has revealed that NHS Health Scotland concluded 30 separate legal cases brought about because of errors that caused issues such as stillbirths and infant disability between January 2009 and June 2011.

In total, these claims resulted in damages awards of around £70.5 million, as well as £3 million in legal costs.

Furthermore, another 96 cases negligence cases were also still open at the end of this period of analysis last June.

Jackson Carlaw, health spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives, warned this figure could continue to rise in the coming months and years.

"The problem we have is compensation seems to increase without direct accountability - no one is ever disciplined for negligence," he explained.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas