Negligence settlements in England increase sevenfold in five yearsBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7351.1411/a (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1411
- Susan Mayor
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 …