Negligence settlements in England increase sevenfold in five years

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1411
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The total annual cost to the NHS of settling clinical negligence claims rose sevenfold between 1995 and 2000, warned a report from the Public Accounts Committee published this week.

    The report estimated that the cost at 31 March 2000 of providing for up to 23000 outstanding claims was £2.6bn ($3.8bn; €4bn). A further £1.3m was thought to be required to meet settlements for claims expected to arise from incidents that …

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