East Lancashire Hospitals rated 'red' for clinical negligence payments
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NHS England is currently conducting a report into compensation payments made by hospital trusts in respect of clinical negligence claims. The review, led by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, is set to publish a full report on the 14 worst trusts next month.
One trust already flagged up in the review is East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT). Compensation payouts against ELHT have almost doubled over the past three years to £10.5million. ELHT is now red rated for its clinical negligence scheme payments.
Concerns have been raised as to whether the increase in compensation payments is the result of increasing negligence at the trust, or whether it is the result of an increase in the number of claims being pursued against the trust.
The results of the report when published are likely to make interesting reading for both patients and healthcare workers alike.
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