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Hospital trusts's mammoth PS22.4m compensation bill; News.

A TROUBLED Birmingham hospital trust has shelled out a staggering PS22.4 MILLION in damages and costs to patients.

The trust which runs Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals, paid out the amount to 203 patients in incidents and claims in 2015-16.

It was the second largest payout in the Britain.

Damages alone amounted to PS13.7 million, with the rest being made up of defence and claimant costs.

The incidents themselves could have taken place years beforehand.

The news of the payouts come as it was revealed that Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), is to be run jointly with University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust.

It follows an investigation into its finances by health watchdog Monitor after it was said to have been "badly managed" by former chief executive Mark Newbold and it was revealed that the trust faced a PS30 million deficit.

The figures, from the NHS Litigation Authority, put only Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in London, ahead of HEFT, after it paid out a total of PS23.7 million.

Lisa Jordan, head of the specialist medical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell in the West Midlands, said: "It's a sad fact that despite all the great work done in the NHS there are still too many avoidable mistakes occurring, many of which have life-changing consequences for patients. "It is good to see that the Litigation Authority is increasing its focus on improving patient safety but much more could, and should, be done to reduce the number of avoidable errors.

"Those patients who have suffered serious harm as a result of negligent treatment need highly specialised lawyers to fight for fair compensation for them.

"Legal action also inevitably leads to improvements in patient safety to reduce the risk of further mistakes."

The Birmingham Mail approached HEFT for comment but nobody was available.

payouts | |1.Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust: PS22.4m | 2.Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust: PS15.2m | 3.Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust: PS14.4m | 4.University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust: PS8m | 5.Birmingham Childrens Hospital: PS5.7m | 6.Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: PS5.5m | 7.Birmingham Women's Hospital: PS3.9m | 8.Royal Orthapaedic Hospital: PS3.2m | 9.Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust: PS3m (Includes damages, defence and claimant costs)

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Date:Sep 15, 2016
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