HC Deb 24 November 1987 vol 123 c162W
30. Mr. Fry

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will consider alternative methods of meeting the cost to health authorities of awards for civil damages arising from claims for professional and medical negligence.

Mrs. Currie

Compensation paid under legal liability is met by individual health authorities from their cash limits. In 1986–87 the total of such payments, not all of which related to accidents suffered by patients, amounted to £9.3 million. In addition, hospital doctors pay subscriptions to defence societies which are taken into account by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body when they review their salaries.