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£50m legal claims against NHS in Essex

9th February 2011

New figures show that over the past two years, more than £50m has been paid out following legal claims against the NHS in Essex.

This figure includes compensation to patients as well as legal costs with many of the claims arising from 'Serious Untoward Incidents' (SUI). The SUIs involved arise from a wide range of events, including when a patient has been harmed. The figures have been obtained by the BBC using the Freedom of Information Act, showing the SUI notifications from five local Primary Care Trusts from January 2009 to May 2010.

 

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