Analysis by the BBC based on figures released by the NHS Litigation Authority shows that NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims last year compared to £583m in 2008
The NHSLA is a not-for-profit part of the NHS. It manages negligence and other claims against the NHS in England on behalf of our member organisations. It blamed big rises in claims and legal costs from claimants.
The figures include defence and claimants’ legal costs which can vary depending on who wins or loses.
It is possible that that these costs would not exist if the NHS had not been negligent and they did not delay claims.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) have said that they are talking to the government about ways to save money, including the NHSLA accepting failures when they happen and reducing costly delays in settling claims.
Claims against the NHS can take many years to settle and the NHSLA can cause increases in cost by dragging out claims and defending cases needlessly, only then to settle at the door of the court.
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