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NHS Wales paid out £117m in last three years

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

New figures have revealed that over the last three years, NHS Wales has paid out over £117m for personal injury and clinical negligence cases.  These figures were released by six of the seven Welsh health boards and the ambulance service, showing payouts totaling £177.6m since 2010. 

The information was released following a freedom of information request made by the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The figures came at a shock as the NHS is currently under great financial strain.

The majority of organisations had figures that remained fairly steady each year, but a few were affected by major claims.

The figures show that over the last three years:

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (UHB) paid out £35.4m
  • Betsi Cadwaladr UHB paid £26.2m
  • Cardiff and Vale UHB paid out £23.1m.
  • Cwm Taf Health Board paid out £14.5m
  • Hywel Dda paid £9.6m
  • Powys paid £6.1m  
  • The ambulance service paid £2.3m

Over £117m is a huge amount of money that could be better spent elsewhere in the health service, for example to employ more nurses or invest in new medicines. When our NHS is under an increasing amount of pressure, with finite resources, it simply can’t afford to be making these huge pay-outs.

The Welsh Government said arrangements had been made to ensure that lessons were being learned from any past mistakes.

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