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US News NHS faces £4.3bn legal bill to settle clinical negligence claims

13:55  21 january  2020
13:55  21 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The NHS in England faces paying out £ 4 . 3 bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence , the BBC has learned through a Freedom of Information request. Each year the NHS receives more than 10,000 new claims for compensation. This figure includes all current unsettled

The NHS is facing claims totalling £ 3.9 bn in England for negligence by hospital doctors and other Sums paid in damages and costs to settle negligence claims have spiralled from £ 50m in The rising bills are partly down to increased numbers of patients suing: the rate of clinical negligence claims

a close up of a hand: The NHS in England could reportedly have to pay £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence (David Cheskin/PA) © David Cheskin The NHS in England could reportedly have to pay £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence (David Cheskin/PA)

The NHS in England could reportedly have to pay £4.3 billion in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence.

The figure includes existing unsettled claims and projected estimates of future claims, the BBC has reported after getting details through a Freedom of Information request.

The NHS receives more than 10,000 new claims for compensation every year and the Department of Health has said it will tackle “the unsustainable rise in the cost of clinical negligence”.

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NHS faces £ 4 .4 bn negligence bill . The clinical negligence bill rose by £ 500m last year. The bill for England has increased by £ 0.5 bn in the last year alone, the NAO says, prompting demands from MPs of a reform of the way such claims are handled.

NHS faces £ 3.9 bn negligence claims . Clare Dyer, legal correspondent. Thu 3 May 2001 02.43 BST. Sums paid in damages and costs to settle negligence claims have spiralled from £ 50m in 1997-98 The rising bills are partly down to increased numbers of patients suing: the rate of clinical

The total cost of outstanding compensation claims was £83 billion, according to estimates published last year.

NHS England’s total budget in 2018-19 was £129 billion.

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“What they want to do is find out what went wrong, why they have received these injuries … and to make sure it doesn’t happen to other patients,” she said.

Dr Christine Tomkin, of the Medical Defence Union, which supports doctors at risk of litigation, said: “We are now awarding compensation in sums of money higher than almost anywhere in the world. What we need is a fundamental change to the legal system.”

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Clinical negligence : NHS faces huge bill . The BBC has discovered that the NHS in England is facing payments of £ 4 . 3 bn in legal fees, as it settles outstanding claims of clinical negligence .

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