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Negligence Claims

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the likely cost to the NHS of (a) clinical negligence claims, (b) non-clinical negligence claims and (c) costs associated with each category of claims in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. (97381)

The national health service litigation authority (NHSLA) makes a provision in its accounts for all existing claims and for claims that might arise for incidents that have occurred but have not yet been reported. The NHSLA accounts for 2005-06 declare a provision for clinical negligence claims of £8,219,452,000, and for non-clinical negligence claims of £125,528,000.