Thursday, 20 November 2008

Southport Hospital tops compensation claims

NHS negligence bill spiralling - Lamb

The NHS paid out £13m more in clinical negligence cases last year than the year before, Government figures have revealed.
The figures, placed in the House of Commons Library, show a dramatic increase in each of the last five years.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb said:
“This is a massive challenge for the NHS.
“We are living in an increasingly litigious society. These payouts are taking money away from patient care.
“There must be a focus on establishing systems that keep patients safe and prevent negligence happening in the first place.
“The Government must re-examine the system to ensure that compensation goes to those who have genuinely suffered, but prevents the risk of a compensation bandwagon developing.”
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust tops the list in our region with the biggest bill – and the biggest increase – (up from £2.5m to £4.02m),