Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Compensation payouts fall at Ipswich Hospital

06:30 15 August 2014

Compensation payouts fall

Compensation payouts fall

Archant © 2006

Declining compensation payments to patients at Ipswich Hospital have been welcomed as an indication of the progress being made in improving frontline care.

shares

Figures released by the NHS Litigation Authority in response to a Freedom of Information request (FOI) indicate that nearly £2.5m has been paid out by the hospital to patients since 2009 - however the annual payout has reduced in each of the consecutive years.

In 2009/2010 £1.37m was paid out to 17 claimants, reducing to £455,536 the following year and down again to £227,534 in 2012/13 - the last year for which full figures are available.

Dan Poulter, MP for North Ipswich and Central Suffolk and a junior health minister, has praised the frontline staff for the high quality care they deliver.

“Obviously every available penny given to the NHS should be spent on frontline patient care and it’s always disappointing when things don’t go well for patients and compensation has to be paid out,” he said.

“However, compared to many other hospitals, Ipswich Hospital pays out relatively small sums of compensation and I think we should be proud of the high quality care that is delivered by frontline staff working in the hospital.

“We can be pleased about the good progress has been made in terms of the quality of care at the hospital.”

The highest compensation single payouts in respect to an individual patient has also been generally decreasing over the years.

Whereas in 2009/10 three claimants received more than £300,000 in a single payment, with the highest single pay out totalling £355,000, over all of the subsequent years only one other payout reached six figures.

A spokesman for Ipswich Hospital said: “Our first and most important priority is to deliver safe, compassionate high quality care to all patients.

“If we get it wrong which sadly, albeit rarely, does happen, we need to make sure it is addressed as quickly as possible.

“We work in partnership with the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) to make sure that all medical negligence claims against the hospital are managed appropriately and speedily.

“The number of cases and level of compensation varies from year to year.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The hunt is on for Britain's best beach hut - and these huts at Southwold could harbour a winner. PHOTO: Warren Page/ Anglia Press Agency

Nominations have opened for a competition to find Britain’s favourite beach hut.

Therese Coffey is declared the MP for Suffolk Coastal In the parliamentary elections at Martlesham.

Speaker John Bercow lost his temper with Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey and health secretary Jeremy Hunt today for using their mobile phones on the front bench.

Lexden Road - stock photo

A man who lost his temper and pushed a 67-year-old stranger into the path of a car on a busy road, resulting in him being rushed to hospital with multiple fractures, has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.

Will Quince, Colchester MP, addresses a National Citizen Service event

The government will seek to learn lessons from two brutal knife murders committed by a teenager in Colchester, a minister has said.

John McGreal has been appointed as Colchester United's First Team Coach.
L-R Tony Hulme,Robbie Cowling,John McGreal.

Carl Marston spoke to new Colchester United boss John McGreal, as well as chairman Robbie Cowling, following this afternoon’s announcement.

Theres not long left to sign up to be part of Suffolks biggest neon party on Saturday, May 7.
.
L-R Sam Catling,Tracy New, Pauline Donkin, Brian Taylor, Jack Nicholl, Joanne Rodger, Nikki Brown, Catherine Sheppard.

There are just days left to sign up to be part of Suffolk’s biggest neon party this weekend.

Police are investigating the accident

A young boy has been taken to hospital after he was clipped by a car in Bildeston, near Stowmarket, this afternoon.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24