Inter Law – Cancer Claims cost the NHS millions

Cancer Claims cost the NHS millions – 30/03/2017According to official figures, over 500 cancer cases went unnoticed by doctors and thousands of mistakes were made in the medical treatment of cancer patients in the last year.

The NHS has paid out nearly £50 million of medical negligence claims since 1995, which were all cancer, related.

In 2006 to 2007, 502 cases of cancer went undiagnosed which is a 20% rise when compared to the year be fore’s 433.
As well as this, the number of errors made in treating patients who had been accurately diagnosed is also on the rise.

What is also worrying is that mistakes in chemotherapy treatment have risen by 1.3 per cent to 6,344,and that there has been a 2.6 per cent rise in mistakes in radiotherapy treatment.

There have been 1,179 clinical cancer negligence cases against the NHS since 1990 and although the Government has paid £47 million in damages there is still £50million not yet paid.

A representative from the Department of Health said: “It is right that NHS patients should be able to obtain correct and full compensation. An increase in reported patient safety incidents is not a sign that the NHS is less safe for patients – quite the reverse.
“The more incidents that are reported, the more will be tackled.”

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