Increase in medical negligence compensation claim payouts

The NHS paid out a total of £98 million in 2011 – a rise of £42m from the previous year according to recently released figures.   The number of claims made has increased by nearly 80% over the last five years.

In addition, the statistics show that almost 10% of compensation claim cases are filed as a result of failures to diagnose cancer.

The results have come from a Freedom of Information Request following the announcement that the General Medical Council has appointed new regional officers to help crack down on medical negligence in the UK.