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Maternity Services: Negligence

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims under Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts there have been relating to maternity services since 1995; and what the value has been of such claims. (195748)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Numbers and values of open Obstetrics claims by year since 1995

NHSLA notification year

Number of claims

Provision (£)

Damages paid (£)

Defence costs paid (£)

Claimant costs paid (£)

Total paid (£)

1995-96

1

65,910

260,000

55,717

96,000

411,717

1996-97

15

20,713,281

14,528,917

1,000,993

1,765,121

17,295,031

1997-98

38

69,061,487

36,891,074

3,306,765

4,523,569

44,721,408

1998-99

36

65,345,652

32,882,070

2,318,862

3,304,852

38,505,784

1999-2000

60

90,270,296

59,615,618

4,470,430

6,320,348

70,406,396

2000-01

77

111,124,415

37,003,394

4,574,095

4,524,231

46,101,720

2001-02

102

153,984,627

38,508,925

5,157,911

4,108,059

47,774,895

2002-03

95

156,242,842

29,710,673

4,242,325

3,799,108

37,752,105

2003-04

102

150,071,824

20,910,337

3;366,845

1,753,813

26,030,995

2004-05

141

112,589,541

11,467,436

2,679,355

1,641,137

15,787,928

2005-06

209

158,600,728

11,101,880

2,598,870

1,597,013

15,297,763

2006-07

286

140,322,361

2,863,559

1,508,175

744,086

5,115,819

2007-08 so far

368

122,591,874

393,619

309,698

137,162

840,479

Total

1,530

1,350,984,839

296,137,504

35,590,040

34,314,496

366,042,039

Numbers and values of closed obstetrics claims by year since 1995

NHSLA notification year

Number of claims

Damages paid (£)

Defence costs paid (£)

Claimant costs paid (£)

Total paid (£)

1995-96

20

5,417,067

203,938

369,449

5,990,454

1996-97

95

45,301,545

2,220,487

4,622,019

52,144,050

1997-98

120

33,496,440

2,228,494

3,762,454

39,487,387

1998-99

198

37,430,932

3,138,317

4,778,256

45,347,505

1999-2000

347

56,064,232

5,786,991

8,472,891

70,324,114

2000-01

419

68,584,013

6,524,745

8,169,565

83,278,323

2001-02

837

43,369,399

8,428,152

11,039,158

62,836,709

2002-03

828

31,478,208

5,492,940

10,327,096

47,298,243

2003-04

652

20,481,953

2,795,414

5,310,219

28,587,586

2004-05

561

11,067,514

1,915,640

3,873,399

16,856,553

2005-06

466

3,501,356

899,224

2,395,002

6,795,582

2006-07

304

1,604,464

239,987

967,494

2,811,944

2007-08 so far

70

125,198

10,126

96,790

232,114

Total

4,917

357,922,318

39,884,453

64,183,793

461,990,565

Numbers and values of all obstetrics claims by year since 1995

NHSLA notification year

Number of claims

Provision (£)

Damages paid (£)

Defence costs paid (£)

Claimant costs paid (£)

Total paid (£)

1995-96

21

65,910

5,677,067

259,654

465,449

6,402,171

1996-97

110

20,713,281

59,830,462

3,221,480

6,387,140

69,439,082

1997-98

158

69,061,487

70,387,514

5,535,259

8,286,022

84,208,795

1998-99

234

65,345,652

70,313,002

5,457,179

8,083,107

83,853,288

1999-2000

407

90,270,296

115,679,850

10,257,421

14,793,239

140,730,509

2000-01

496

111,124,415

105,587,407

11,098,841

12,693,796

129,380,044

2001-02

939

153,984,627

81,878,324

13,586,063

15,147,218

110,611,604

2002-03

923

156,242,842

61,188,881

9,735,264

14,126,204

85,050,349

2003-04

754

150,071,824

41,392,290

6,162,259

7,064,031

54,618,580

2004-05

702

112,589,541

22,534,950

4,594,995

5,514,536

32,644,481

2005-06

675

158,600,728

14,603,236

3,498,095

3,992,015

22,093,345

2006-07

590

140,322,361

4,468,022

1,748,162

1,711,580

7,927,764

2007-08 so far

438

122,591,874

518,817

319,823

233,952

1,072,593

Total

6,447

1,350,984,839

654,059,822

75,474,493

98,498,289

828,032,604

Notes:

NHSLA Notification year relates to the year the claim was notified to the NHSLA, and not the year the incident occurred nor the year the claim was settled.

Open claims include claims where damages have been agreed but final payments have not yet been paid.

Provisions denote the likely amount that the NHSLA expects to pay on the claim, given current available data, should it be successful. Provisions are subject to change over time.

Data shown is valid for the period up to 20 March 2008.

Source:

NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA).

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient safety incidents relating to maternity services were reported to the National Patient Safety Agency in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (195750)

The number of patient safety incidents relating to maternity services reported to the National Patient Safety Agency is shown in the following table:

Year reported

Frequency

2005

28,891

2006

50,608

2007

74,986

The increase in the number of incidents reported annually reflects the trend in all incident reporting. An increased number of reported incidents does not necessarily mean a higher number of incidents but may instead reflect greater levels of reporting.