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Medical Negligence

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was to the NHS of medical negligence in each year since 1997, broken down by Government Office region; and if he will make a statement. [121640]

The total cost of medical negligence in each year since 1997, as prepared by the National Audit Office and presented in the national health service summarised accounts for England, is shown in the table. This information is not available by Government Office Region.

£ millions
In year expenditure


Changes to accounting policies imposed by the NAO over the years mean that these amounts are not directly comparable.