NHS Negligence Claims Soar to £15bn

New figures show that the NHS is now liable for £15bn worth of clinical negligence claims.

The number of claims made against the NHS for clinical negligence has risen by 9% in the last year, as new figures show the taxpayer is liable for up to £15bn in such payouts.

Data released by the Department of Health show the number of claims has jumped by 9% since 2010, with almost one fifth of law suits relating to unnecessary operations or amputations.

It comes as the Public Accounts Committee data also revealed the taxpayer is potentially liable for £15.7bn in clinical negligence claims, according to government accounts for 2009-10.

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Posted by Joanne, 2 Feb 2012