Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trusts has defended the high amount of money it pays out in medical negligence claims each year. The Trust runs five of the North-West’s hospitals including Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield Hospital, North Manchester General and The Royal Oldham Hospital. The Trust was the third highest awarder of claims in the UK during the 2008-2009 period.
Pennine Acute Trust paid out a total of over £3.14 million pounds in negligence claims over the year long period. The compensation was paid out between just 10 cases. These cases were spread across a wide spectrum of departments including cardiology and paediatrics. Around a third of the £3million compensation bill was for legal costs for the negligence claims.
The medical director of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trusts, Ruth Jameson defended the Trust’s record by saying: “Larger trusts who serve a larger population are clearly more likely to receive compensation claims than smaller trusts or those providing low-risk care.”
“The vast majority of the thousands of patients that we treat and care for every day receive and experience a good quality, safe and effective healthcare service.”