THE NHS paid out more than £1billion in compensation to patients who suffered delays in their diagnosis and treatment, new figures reveal.
Of that £424million was claimed by patients whose diagnoses were delayed, says the NHS Litigation Authority.
The figures come amid record waiting times at hospitals, with just 86.2 per cent of A&E patients seen within four hours last year, well below the 95 per cent target.
Nearly £2.8billion was claimed in compensation in the year ending March 2016, a four-fold increase in a decade.
In 2006-7, the NHS received 5,419 claims worth £667million but the number of claims shot up to nearly 11,000 last year.
Patients left with a “foreign body” inside them accounted for 169 claims worth £6.3million while 30 claimed £1.7million for a “retained instrument post operation”.