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United Kingdom : Clinical/Social Care Negligence Cases in Northern Ireland (2016/17).

The Department of Health (DoH) today published statistics collected from Health & Social Care (HSC) Trusts, Agencies and Legacy Health and Social Services (HSS) Boards on all clinical/social care negligence cases in the north of Ireland open during the year ending 31 March 2017.

The statistical bulletin presents information on clinical/social care negligence cases that were open at any stage during the year ending 31 March 2017.

Key Points

The key findings presented in the statistics release are listed below.

Payments in 2016/17:

During the last three years, the amount paid on clinical/social care negligence cases decreased by 12.8 million (31.0%), from 41.4 million in 2014/15 to 28.5 million in 2016/17. Of the 28.5 million paid on clinical/social care negligence cases in 2016/17, over two thirds (69.0%, 19.7m) was paid in damages, 6.3 million (21.9%) in plaintiff costs and 2.6 million (9.1%) in defence costs.

Payments to Date:

During 2016/17, 3,647 clinical/social care negligence cases were open at any stage, 332 (10.0%) more than in 2012/13 (3,315). In 2016/17, 667 new cases were opened, 632 cases were closed, whilst 2,769 cases remained open and 246 cases had been settled at 31 March 2017. The average clinical/social care negligence case, open in 2016/17, had been open for 2.6 years, similar to 2015/16 (2.6 years). Over half (56.4%, 2,015) of all clinical/social care negligence cases related to four specialties; Obstetrics (636), Accident & Emergency (626), General Surgery (379) and Trauma and Orthopaedics (374). A total of 94.1 million has been paid to date on the 3,647 clinical/social care negligence cases which were open at any stage during 2016/17. Of which, 70.0 million (74.4%) has been awarded in damages and 24.1 million (25.6%) paid out in legal costs (defence and plaintiff). Over half (52.9%, 52.9m) of the amount paid out on clinical/social care negligence cases, open at any stage during 2016/17, related to the Obstetrics speciality, of which, almost four fifths (78.8%, 39.2m) had been paid in damages.

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