NHS compensation rises to £98m12th June 2012
The amount of money paid out to patients as compensation by the health service has increased from £56 million in 2009/10 to over £98 million in 2010/11.
The NHS payouts to people who did not have their illness detected or diagnosed revealed that one in 10 were related to cancer not being spotted.
The information was released by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) after a Freedom of Information request.
MPs said the rise in "no win, no fee" cases was behing the increase in NHS spending to deal with compensation claims.
The amount of successful cases brought against the NHS has increased by almost 80% since 2006/07.
The data showed that the largest successful claim was for £4.1 million, but there were eight other cases where the payouts were for over £2 million.
A Department of Health spokesman said: "Unsafe care will not be tolerated in a modern NHS. The vast majority of the millions of people seen by the NHS every year do get good quality, safe and effective care. However, if patients do not receive the treatment they should and mistakes are made, it is right that they are entitled to seek compensation.
"It is truly regrettable that an extremely small minority of cases lead to patients being negligently harmed and any compensation paid is based upon the individual circumstances of each case."
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Title: NHS compensation rises to £98m
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22110
Date Added: 12th Jun 2012