Figures released by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) have revealed that NHS compensation claimed by patients whose illnesses went undiagnosed or were spotted too late has increased dramatically.
The Daily Telegraph has reported how £98million was paid out in 2010-11, compared to £56million the year before. Worryingly, of the 1,204 successful claims that were made, nearly one in ten related to the misdiagnosis of cancer.
The total number of successful misdiagnosis claims increased by almost 80% in the five years from 2006-07 when there were 681 claims successful claims for compensation.
£4.1 Million NHS Compensation Payout Made For Misdiagnosis
Since 2006 the biggest single NHS compensation payment for a misdiagnosis was £4.1million. The NHSLA figures did show that there were another eight cases where a misdiagnosis claim was worth more than £2million in compensation.
The largest amount paid out for a cancer misdiagnosis was £959,000; there were 12 other cases where payments of £300,000 or more were made to patients who had suffered as a result of a medical mistake.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health commented: “Unsafe care will not be tolerated in a modern NHS. The vast majority of the millions of people seen by the NHS every year do get good quality, safe and effective care. However, if patients do not receive the treatment they should and mistakes are made, it is right that they are entitled to seek compensation.”
Talk To A Specialist Solicitor About NHS Compensation
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a misdiagnosis speak to a medical negligence solicitor for free, no obligation legal advice. At Duncan Gibbins we can provide advice on all aspects of your potential NHS compensation claim. If you have suffered pain, discomfort, stress and financial loss our specialist solicitors are here to help. We can help after:
- Missed diagnosis
- Late referral
- Botched surgery
- Cosmetic mistake
- Faulty implant
Call a member of our team today on and we can investigate your claim for NHS compensation. Alternatively fill out the claim form on this page and a member of our team can call you back at a time to suit you.
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