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NHS maternity claims figures revealed

15th November 2013

Apparently this equates to roughly £700 per live birth, and a review by the National Audit Office showed that in 2012 this cost the organisation nearly £500 million.

Public Accounts Committee chairwoman, Margaret Hodge, was not pleased with the figure presented, stating that the Department of Health (DH) “needs to buck up and take responsibility for this. It needs to review its monitoring and reporting process to ensure that all relevant bodies can work effectively together to deliver maternity services that are value for money and fit for purpose.”

Despite the DH saying that NHS hospitals are some of the safest places in the world to have a baby, the number of maternity medical negligence claims have risen by 80% in the last five years, with the average payment per claim reported as being £277,000 for last year.

The most recent NHS Litigation Authority figures available – released in 2012 – disclosed that in England the organisation paid out more than £3 billion in clinical negligence compensation in maternity-related cases alone between the year 2000 to 2010.

The service stated that it was striving to improve the care provided to patients, for example by increasing the number of midwives available.

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