According to a recent Freedom of Information request, as at 17 December 2014, NHS Fife has faced approximately £17 million in negligence claims.
The Fife Health Board faced a total of 116 claims, which can be broken down as follows:
- 31 negligence claims were lodged by staff. A total of seven employees sought compensation for alleged assaults by patients. Other staff claims were made for industrial deafness, burn/scald injury, needle stick injury, exposure to dust and breach of human rights. In terms of gender, 20 staff claims were made by women, while 11 came from male workers.
- 77 medical negligence claims were lodged by patients. One claim related to a procedure, which supposedly caused birth defects. Another two claims for medical negligence were based on foreign bodies being left inside patients who were undergoing surgical procedures, while a further 6 claims elated related to injuries or damage, again caused during surgery.
- 20 negligence claims were made for an apparent failure to properly diagnose, a delay in doing so and for the failure to obtain appropriate consent. A further 7 claims were made for failure or delay in obtain appropriate treatment.
. 8 public liability claims were also made for a failure to respond to a Data Protection Act request; slipping/tripping/falling, manual handling; and being struck by moving and or falling objects.
Commenting on the findings, an NHS Fife spokesperson stated:
"When a claim is submitted, each case is thoroughly investigated before a decision is reached. There is often a delay between the alleged incident and the eventual settlement. As such, the stated figure of £17 million accounts for outstanding claims made across a number of years. It is also important to note that not all claims submitted led to a settlement."
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