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
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.