Princess Alexandra Hospital pays out £2.2 million over medical negligence claims in past year
Health / Mon 20th Nov 2023 at 10:49am
THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow has paid out over £2.2m as a result of medical negligence in the last year, new data from AccidentClaimsAdvice.org.uk has revealed.
It comes after NHS Resolution, which handles medical negligence claims on behalf of NHS Trusts, revealed that negligence payments had risen by 9.9% from 2021/22 to 2022/23.
In the same period, 46 medical negligence claims were lodged against the trust.
However, the total sum of £2,223,406 paid out by the trust may have related to claims made in previous years.
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional provides substandard care to a patient that falls below the standard expected of any healthcare professional.
A claim may arise if the patient subsequently suffers unnecessary or avoidable harm.
Nick Banks, Head of Medical Negligence at JF Law (which owns the Accident Claims Advice brand), warned that the consequences of medical negligence can be “devastating”.
He said: “As well as the obvious emotional impact, injuries and bereavements can cause a bigger financial impact than many households can bear, particularly in the current cost of living crisis, when many are already struggling to make ends meet.
“Whilst some people understandably worry that making a claim will affect front line care, the reality is that hospitals and GPs are always insured against such claims.
“As such, any damages owed are paid by the insurers, and do not affect the care other patients are receiving.”
Details of FOI
1.How many complaints has the trust received from July 2022 to July 2023?
The Trust received 236 complaints from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023
2. How many of these complaints are related to poor or substandard care? Kindly clarify what is meant by “substandard care”.
We can however confirm that 175 of the 236 complaints received have been closed through the complaint process.
117 were partially upheld
10 were not upheld
5 were fully upheld
3. How many medical negligence claims were lodged against the trust in the same period?
There were 46 medical negligence claims lodged against the Trust in the year period.
4. How much compensation has the trust paid out in medical negligence claims in the past 12 months irrespective of when the claim was made?
There was £2,223,406.00 paid out in claims in the past 12 months.
The NHS is the worlds worst health service. PAH is an appalling hospital I bet no staff member was disciplined or fired for this malpractice ?
@Adam, more than welcome to go die in the street mate which is what would have happened before the NHS. Think people set their expectation level to high. You want platinum service, fork out and go private!
@Danny it is not a NHS or nothing, many other systems around the world are much better. I just want it to be not so hit an miss, why should I pay private when I am forced to pay for it. PAH managed to kill a friend of mine and nearly killed my wife. I am a big fan of the French or German systems they work a lot better, but then their health systems are not placed on pedestals and a national religion.
The more compensation is paid out, the less funds the NHS have to properly treat patients thus errors will occur. It's a vicious circle :(
No it is not a vicious circle the NHS could just do its job properly and staff who are negligent should be dealt with including retraining, or if bad enough dismissal vs what happens that the moment where as the NHS closes ranks fails to admit its faults and notes go missing etc. Just look at the huge number of NHS scandals, it exists to protect itself
Also, Flytipped bags (for life types) alongside entrance and yellow grit bin been there for months too. Wombles aware? #SoProud
I'm dealing with a resolution meeting now where a consultant said I was healing. It was 10 months later I find out he was lying admitting breach of duty . I had a fracture to my spine and also osteoporosis of the spine. He told me he did not really have my scan when we met in Jan. It was not reported on until March of this year. Harlow hospital is not the only one . Been trying to tell them of ages there is more going on and ignored. Was told he is correcting his mistakes on who someone else. This is abt me .
My sister died in PAH, not their fault, she had cancer. But the appalling level of care she received was tragic.
If the drs surgery,s where to open like before covid, I don’t think there would be so many people going to A& E, for the least little thing, then the hospital would not have a bad rateing . The NHS staff work really long hours and they have to put up with abuse, from people, I’m a nhs patient, and there are a lot of people who are private, as they say it payes to go privet , Peter I’m so sorry to hear that your sister died in harlow hospital , I have seen first class the not so good care , my mum died in there and she was not looked after as good as they could of ,
If the drs surgery,s where to open like before covid, I don’t think there would be so many people going to A& E, for the least little thing, then the hospital would not have a bad rateing . The NHS staff work really long hours and they have to put up with abuse, from people, I’m a nhs patient, and there are a lot of people who are private, as they say it payes to go privet , Peter I’m so sorry to hear that your sister died in harlow hospital , I have seen first class the not so good care ,
It’s probably paying out because it’s forced disabled people into work . Disabled means diss abled. It means the person is not able. The hospital forced a man to work more hours in his job when he was not able. That’s when mistakes happen. Yet the government want disabled people to work. This is going to happen more and more if the government force people into work.