NHS Lanarkshire covers a number of hospitals in this part of the country. However, one hospital alone – Wishaw General Hospital – has been responsible for over half the payouts met by NHS Lanarkshire in the last eight years.
The Freedom of Information Act has led to the information coming to light. The £15.8 million total has been divided into 58 separate claims. The amount varied according to the year. For example the year from 2006/07 saw £12,000 being divided between two cases. However, between 2009/10 there were seven claims settled for a total of £6.7 million. Clearly the severity of each individual case resulted in the disparity between payouts, but the total over the six years still amounts to a significant sum, especially in the context of NHS Lanarkshire as a whole.
Making a claim for compensation with regard to clinical negligence
While these figures are startling it should be noted that most hospitals provide a safe and responsible service to their patients at all times. Indeed the vast majority of those treated at Wishaw General Hospital receive good care regardless of whether they are in-patients or out-patients.
There is always the potential that incorrect diagnoses or treatments will be given or indeed withheld as they are believed not to be needed. If you should find yourself in this situation you should consider taking legal advice to see whether you have a case to bring for compensation regarding your situation.
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If you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence within the last three years, it is imperative that you seek no-obligation advice as soon as possible. Contact Accident Advice Helpline now to discover whether you could bring a no win, no fee* claim for compensation as a result of your experience. Our professional injury compensation lawyers can take the facts of your case and assess the likely amount in compensation you may receive as a result. You are under no obligation to take your case further by seeking advice from us, but we take can on the bulk of the work on your behalf.
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Source: Daily Record
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown