NHS: Negligence:Written question - HL12091

Q
Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 05 December 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Negligence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 5 November (HL10962), whether the figures for the total government spend on clinical negligence in 2016–17 and 2018–19 include legal costs.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 13 December 2018

NHS Resolution handles clinical negligence claims on behalf of National Health Service organisations and independent sector providers of NHS care in England.

As stated in my answer of 5 November, the total Government spend on clinical negligence was £1.7 billion in the financial year 2016-17 and £2.2 billion in the financial year 2017-18. These figures did include legal costs and NHS Resolution has provided the following information about legal costs in these two financial years.

Legal costs for 2016-17 were:

- Claimant costs: £498 million

- Defence costs: £126 million

Legal costs for 2017-18 were:

- Claimant costs: £467 million

- Defence costs: £129 million

Note:

Claimant costs are legal costs incurred by the claimant in bringing a claim for compensation.

Defence costs are legal costs incurred by NHS Resolution in dealing with the claim received.

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