Official statistics, released by the NHS Litigation Authority, show that from 2013-14 there was a 16% increase in the number of medical negligence claims on the previous year, at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals. Within this time period there have been 107 claims made by patients that had been treated by the hospitals, resulting in pay-outs totalling almost £11 million in the last year alone.
Despite the number of claims rising from 90 to 107, the trust has actually paid out £2 million less than in 2012-13 when they paid out almost £13 million to patients claiming negligence. The reduction in expenditure is a result of changes to the way claims are priced and paid.
Chief executive of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, Mike Pinkerton, had this to say about the claims:
“At Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals we work extremely hard to deliver high quality, safe health care, and the vast majority of the 700,000 patients we see each year receive that.
Regrettably there are some instances where things go wrong.
In such cases we strive to put measures in place to ensure a similar mistake does not happen again.
That is why we have Signed Up to Safety, part of a national campaign with a goal of reducing avoidable harm by 50% and saving 6000 lives across the NHS in England.”
Claims of medical negligence have also been made at other hospitals in the area. £5.9 million was paid out by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in compensation and legal fees in the year 2013-14 and £220,000 by Nottingham University Hospitals.
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