REVEALED: Cost of paying out for medical blunders at SDH

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Main Entrance (Mike Draper) (4)

6:03am 16th January 2018
(Updated 9:26am 16th January 2018)

Salisbury District Hospital has paid out more than £20 million in damages to patients for medical blunders in the last five years.

The figures that have been released this morning (Tuesday January 16th) by NHS Resolution also show that our trust forked out over £9 million in legal costs between 2012 and 2017.

Claims were made against the NHS Foundation Trust in a total of 328,174 incidents over that time.

Some of the cases also date back for over two decades - that's because some can take years to resolve, but in other incidents, families may not have previously realised that they could be entitled to compensation.

Here are the local figures in full:

  • 2012-13 -  £6,852,347.32 paid out (£5,036,771.01 in damages with £1,815,576.31 in legal costs)
  • 2013-14 - £3,097,849.31 paid out (£1,874,196.50 in damages with £1,223,652.81 in legal costs)
  • 2014-15 - £2,343,841.70 paid out (£1,338,739.25 in damages with £1,005,102.45 in legal costs)
  • 2015-16 - £10,047,448.20 paid out (£8,280,952.26 in damages with £1,766,495.94 in legal costs)
  • 2016-17 - £7,947,814.98 paid out (£4,671,819.25 in damages with £3,275,995.73 in legal costs)
  • Total: £30,289,301.51
  • Legal costs: £9,086,823.24

Those numbers mean that Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust ranks 94th of all 258 trusts in England when it comes to the amount paid out to patients.

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Main Entrance (Mike Draper)

WATCH:

Here's a video showing the impact those kinds of payments can have on families and why they feel it's important to claim:

OLDER CASES:

Some payments have been made to patients at Salisbury District Hospital for incidents that date back to before 1995.

All of those incidents related to complications during childbirth and maternity services.

Here's the details of those (these numbers are also included in the total payments made listed above):

  • 2012-13 - £938,081.20 paid out (£820,000 in damages with £118,081.20 in legal costs)
  • 2013-14 - £0
  • 2014-15 - £17,893.22 (all legal costs)
  • 2015-16 - £0
  • 2016-17 - £0
  • Total: £955,974.42

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Entrance B (Mike Draper)

REACTION:

The Department of Health has responded to the figures, by saying:

"Our relentless drive to improve patient safety, including an ambition to halve the rates of neonatal deaths, stillbirths, maternal deaths and brain injuries caused during or shortly after labour by 2025, will help to reduce traumatic and costly safety failings in the NHS and ensure better protection for patients.

"We're ensuring taxpayers' money is spent effectively by taking action against law firms creaming off excessive legal costs that dwarf the damages recovered - but we're also clear we want to ensure patients continue to access justice at a reasonable cost."

Spire FM did contact Salisbury District Hospital for a response to these figures, but they've declined to comment at this stage.

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