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Clinical Negligence

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2238W, on clinical negligence, by how much the forecast value of claims in the future has required amendment; and for what reason. (184500)

This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The reasons for change in value of future claims settlements can vary from changed information on the specific damage caused to changes in the interpretation of case law and its impact on future settlements. The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) carry out a rigorous review at least twice per annum of all of our models which forecast claims not yet received and keep a constant review of all ‘known claims’ throughout their life. NHSLA’s systems and processes are audited by the National Audit Office who have yet to offer any concern in relation to NHSLA’s accounting treatment or indeed the quality of advice they are purchasing from either legal or actuarial professionals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2238W on clinical negligence, how many claims under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts there have been relating to care or treatment for cancer since 1995; and what the value has been of such claims. (184501)

The following table shows the information requested.

Speciality

Number of claims

Outstanding estimate (£)

Total paid (£)

Total claim (£)

Oncology

416

9,436,113

13,864,016

23,300,129

Radiology

709

39,459,887

31,388,864

70,848,751

Radiotherapy

54

1,073,861

1,898,797

2,972,658

Grand total

1,179

49,969,862

47,151,676

97,121,538