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Trust pays more than 8 million in accident claim compensation

It has been revealed the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has paid out more than 8 million for accident claims in the last year.

The Trust admitted paying 4.2 million in medical negligence compensation between April 2005 and March 2006 and 1.2 million from April 2006 to January 2007 but denied that compensation claims are on the rise.

A spokesperson for the Trust said, "Figures show the number of clinical negligence claims made against the Trust is falling year on year, which demonstrates that ensuring patient safety through good clinical governance remains one of our key points."

Of the many accident claims made by patients who had contacted personal injury solicitors, one single payment awarded reached 1.7 million and another injury compensation claim amounted to 125,000.

The figures were released shortly after it was revealed that accident claims for medical negligence had cost Barnsley Hospital more than 1.6 million in personal injury compensation last year, nearly double the figure of damages awarded in 2003.


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