£186 million – that’s the figure given for the amount of NHS settlements that have been reached with patients and employees over the past five years. This total also accounts for a 40% increase that has taken place over the last two years. The official figure given for 2011/12 was £25.3 million, while the figure for the last 12 months was £35.5 million.
The figures also revealed a massive increase in the settlements paid to employees over the same period of five years. These have risen from £1.1 million in 2009/10, reaching a high point of £3.4 million in 2013/14. Some people have speculated that additional pressures on employees are partly to blame for the increase in compensation. The health spokesman for the Conservatives said a ‘culture of accountability’ could lead to a fall in compensation claims and NHS settlements.
No specific cases were given or elaborated upon in terms of the figures. However, settlements can vary from a few hundred pounds to many millions in the most severe cases. The figures can also fluctuate from year to year depending on the individual nature of the cases dealt with.
Do you have the right to claim compensation for medical negligence?
Whenever you receive medical advice or treatment of any kind you expect to receive high-quality care. In the majority of cases this is definitely the case; despite what you might think to the contrary, medical negligence is not a common occurrence.
Of course accidents can occur and if you believe your illness, condition or injury was made worse or created initially as a result of medical negligence, you may have cause to start a claim for compensation. If this should be the case you have a right to make a claim, providing you can support it with evidence that negligence occurred.
Accident Advice Helpline provides no-obligation advice on medical negligence issues
If you have been through an experience like this and you feel isolated, you’ve no need to feel this way anymore. We can provide no-obligation advice for anyone who has suffered in this manner in the last three years. Accident Advice Helpline has a free 24/7 enquiry line that will enable you to get expert advice right from the start. If we feel you have a case, we can help you. A no win, no fee* claim can be started and we’ll handle the majority of the work on your behalf. Contact us now to find out more.