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Defence Medical Services

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation claims have been submitted by armed forces personnel in respect of malpractice on the part of Defence Medical Services; how many such claims were upheld; and how much was paid out against such claims in each year. (295645)

The number of new clinical negligence compensation claims is not recorded on the Department's claims database in a format that differentiates between service personnel, service dependants and civilian cases. The number of claims upheld and the amount of compensation, including legal costs, paid out each year to service personnel is identifiable. The figures are shown in the following table. Information relating to clinical negligence can be found in the Department's Claims Annual Report which has been issued each year since 1997-98, a copy of which is held in the Libraries of the Houses.

All new clinical negligence claims received

Service personnel claims upheld

Compensation/legal costs (£ million)

1997-98

308

21

0.4

1998-99

255

51

2.3

1999-2000

147

49

2.5

2000-01

128

49

6.1

2001-02

142

39

0.8

2002-03

119

39

3.9

2003-04

92

24

2.6

2004-05

86

17

3.3

2005-06

69

21

3.8

2006-07

67

14

1.5

2007-08

86

10

2.9

2008-09

55

17

5.3

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) actual strength, (b) establishment and (c) percentage difference between establishment and actual strength is of each speciality of qualified medical personnel (a) in the Army and (b) tri-service. (295646)

Manning statistics for the Defence Medical Services are updated twice a year, in April and October. The October 2009 figures are currently being collated, and verified figures should be available by the end of November. I will place these figures in the Library of the House.