REVEALED: £1bn neglience payout by NHS in compensation to patients : Express

THE NHS paid out more than £1billion in compensation to patients who suffered delays in their diagnosis and treatment, new figures reveal.

NHS compensation payout patients delays diagnosis treatment

There were 2,445 clinical negligence claims for failed or delayed treatment in 2015 to 2016, with £557million awarded in compensation – enough money to train 16,000 nurses.

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.

More than 2,500 patients waited longer than 12 hours to be treated in 2016, double the number of the year before, while the two-month cancer treatment target was missed for the entire year.

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.

More than 800 patients claimed £122.6million in compensation for inappropriate treatment, while £47.6million was paid out for inadequate care.

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”.

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4 Comments

    1. Thanks for the link Linda. Looks like they probably do not but who can blame me for thinking they might? Sadly this cesspit of a country rarely throws up any surprises unless they are nasty ones…

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