Nearly 5,000 neg­li­gence claims made against NHS Scot­land

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS | POLITICS -

Nearly 5,000 med­i­cal neg­li­gence claims have been made against the NHS in Scot­land over the past five years.

Fig­ures re­leased to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s jus­tice com­mit­tee, which is ex­am­in­ing the cost of civil lit­i­ga­tion, re­vealed 4,959 claims have been lodged since Septem­ber 2012.

A to­tal of 3,000 of these re­late to clin­i­cal pro­ce­dures, while the re­main­der con­cern men­tal health treat­ment.

How­ever, the num­ber of claims lodged each year is fall­ing.

There were 863 claims lodged be­tween Septem­ber 2016 and Au­gust this year, down from a peak of 1,180 in 2013-14.

In Tay­side there have been 228 claims lodged over the past five year.

The num­ber of claims lodged per year peaked at 61 in 2015-16 but fell to just 33 in 2016-17.

A spokes­woman for NHS Tay­side said: “NHS Tay­side is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing safe, high-qual­ity pa­tient care and our health­care pro­fes­sion­als are con­stantly striv­ing to en­sure that risks are kept to a min­i­mum.”

There have been 124 claims against NHS Fife in the past five years, in­clud­ing 39 in 2016-17.

The com­mit­tee is scru­ti­n­is­ing the Civil Lit­i­ga­tion Bill, which aims to im­prove ac­cess to jus­tice in the civil courts by mak­ing the costs as­so­ci­ated with su­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion or per­son for per­sonal in­jury more af­ford­able and pre­dictable.

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