Medical negligence claims in one year cost three NHS trusts in Lincolnshire almost £25 million.
Figures from NHS Resolution, which handles the claims on behalf of NHS trusts, highlighted that £24,829,398 was paid by Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS), Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) in the financial year 2016-2017.
The majority of this overall cost came from ULHT which paid out a total of £24,203,652 on medical negligence claims, while LCHS spent £345,612 and LPFT spent £280,135.
These claims were split into damages, defence costs and claimant costs, with ULHT spending £14,857,528 on damages alone.
Currently, there are four negligence scheme which cover these costs. These include:
- Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) – which covers incidents that occurred after April 1995
- Existing Liabilities Scheme (ELS) – which covers incidents that occurred before April 1995
- Regional Health Authorities – which was abolished in 1996
- Department of Health – which covers remaining clinical negligence liabilities
NHS Resolution figures only include CNST and ELS, which means the total amount paid in Lincolnshire could be more.
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