§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) successful and (b) unsuccessful claims for compensation have been made against the North Western regional health authority during each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
I understand from North Western regional health authority that the number of claims for alleged medical negligence made against health authorities in that region were as follows:
Year ended Claims March 1987 822 March 1988 774 March 1989 758
Information on successful or unsuccessful claims is not readily available, and could only be produced at disproportionate cost.