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Thrombosis

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many successful clinical negligence claims in relation to venous thromboembolism were made against NHS bodies in each year between 1996 and 2006; (205080)

(2) how much compensation was awarded for venous thromboembolism clinical negligence claims against NHS bodies between 1996 and 2006; and what the average amount of compensation awarded was;

(3) what the legal costs for NHS bodies were related to venous thromboembolism clinical negligence claims in each year between 1996 and 2006.

The information requested is shown in the following tables and was provided by the NHS Litigation Authority. The data only cover claims made against national health service trusts, NHS foundation trusts and primary care trusts. Claims may include other injuries that have been compensated, not just those relating to venous thromboembolism. Table 1 shows data relating to successful claims, including the number of claims, total compensation paid, average compensation paid and legal costs paid by defence. Table 2 shows the data relating to unsuccessful claims, including number of claims and legal costs paid by defence.

Table 1: Number of clinical negligence claims closed with compensation by year ofclosure where thrombosis/embolism is the injury or deep vein thrombosis, pulmonaryembolism or venous thromboembolism is mentioned in the incident details as at 31 March 2008

Year of closure

Number of claims

Compensation paid (£)

Average compensation paid (£)

Defence costs paid (£)

1997-98

4

57,500

14,375

14,581

1998-99

12

333,308

27,776

125,551

1999-2000

29

1,861,402

64,186

343,282

2000-01

15

623,036

41,536

122,365

2001-02

28

2,076,851

74,173

324,743

2002-03

36

1,268,643

35,240

356,205

2003-04

41

1,874,569

45,721

579,001

2004-05

46

3,421,756

74,386

613,826

2005-06

37

1,728,390

46,713

372,555

2006-07

40

2,377,497

59,437

477,964

Total

288

15,622,953

54,246

3,330,070

Table 2: Number of clinical negligence claims closed with nil compensation by year of closure where thrombosis/embolism is the injury or deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or venous thromboembolism is mentioned in the incident details as at 31 March 2008

Year of closure

Number of claims

Compensation paid (£)

Defence costs paid (£)

1995-96

1

0

0

1996-97

1

0

0

1997-98

1

0

13,095

1998-99

5

0

3,204

1999-2000

7

0

51,196

2000-01

8

0

31,188

2001-02

14

0

99,453

2002-03

44

0

216,352

2003-04

57

0

165,792

2004-05

38

0

107,995

2005-06

35

0

137,582

2006-07

39

0

149,819

Total

250

0

975,674