HC Deb 29 October 2002 vol 391 c705W
Mr. Keetch

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical negligence claims were received by his Department in(a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002 to date: how many complaints in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002 resulted in compensation being paid; how much compensation was paid in each year; and if he will make a statement. [77286]

Dr. Moonie

The number of claims received for alleged clinical negligence together with the amount of common law compensation paid in 2000–01, 2001–02 and between 1 April to 23 October 2002 was as follows:

Clinical negligence claims received Number of claims settled Compensation paid including claimants' legal costs (£)
2000–01 128 79 10,617,263
2001–02 142 59 8,924,255
2002–031 78 26 6,427,000
1 1 April to 23 October 2002

When compensation claims are submitted, they are considered on the basis of whether or not the Ministry of Defence has a legal liability to pay compensation. Where there is a legal liability to pay compensation, we do so. Most claims are settled amicably on a legal liability basis without recourse to the courts. The payment of compensation does not necessarily occur in the financial year that the claim was received.

A record of complaints from Service personnel and their families alleging medical negligence is kept only for those cases where compensation is being sought.

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