Patients at Northampton General Hospital have claimed a total of £23.9 million in compensation over the last five years according to the latest figures. The figures showed that there were a total of 44 new clinical negligence claims between April 2013 and March 2014 but details cannot be disclosed due to patient confidentiality. The NHS compensation claims amounted to £3.7 million over 2008 and 2009 and £3.1 million over 2009 and 2010. Compensation figures amounted to £6.6 million over 2010 and 2011 and £5.2 million over 2011 and 2012. In addition, £5.3 million was awarded in compensation claims over 2012 and 2013. Some of the total compensation is likely to have come from an NHS insurance scheme which awarded claimant Martin Balfe whose wife tragically died when surgeons failed to spot a bile leak during a procedure. This was later found to have caused organ failure in the patient. According to a report, staff indicated that the number of incidents likely to cause harm to a patient rose over a one year period. Staff thought there would be 118 incidents likely to harm a patient in 2013/2014 whereas they only thought 76 incidents were likely to cause harm in 2012/2013. However, Northampton General Hospital stated this was due to better reporting.
Northampton General Hospital may have experienced a rise in the number of compensation claims due to better awareness of patient rights or better reporting. However, the compensation awarded means that there were grounds for complaint and patient safety was put at risk. Patients must be given high quality care at all times as complications could arise if an illness is not diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Clinical negligence comes in various forms and could be the fault of a surgeon, a dental practitioner, a GP or a nurse caring for you or a family member. If you have evidence of negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Clinical negligence claims
You can give Accident Advice Helpline a call free for representation where there is evidence that clinical negligence took place. Our helpline is free to call for no-obligation advice and we offer a no win, no fee* policy which will ensure you won’t be out of pocket pursuing your case. Clinical negligence may have caused you to become ill or it may have caused your illness to progress resulting in complications. We can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
Source: Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown