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NHS bill for compensation exceeds £1bn for the first time

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 05 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4638
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The NHS paid out a record £1.28bn (€1.6bn; $2bn) in damages and legal costs for clinical negligence claims in 2011-12, a rise of more than 45% on the previous year’s total of £863m.

The surge, which has seen the total bill top £1bn for the first time, is partly because of a 30% rise in the number of claims made in 2010-11, many of which would have resulted in a payout in 2011-12. Claims rose from 10 726 in 2009-10 to 13 001 in 2010-11, although the rate of rise has slowed since, to 13 761 in 2011-12. …

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