Following on from a recent BBC News report on total clinical negligence payments by NHS Trusts over the last 5 years, Get West London has written today that West London Mental Health NHS Trust paid out £342 per episode of care for all errors between 2012/13 and 2016/17.
The data was released by NHS Resolution, and showed that Barts Health NHS Trust in east London paid out £123,066,279 between 2012/13 and 2016/17 due to errors, the highest amount in the country. Also topping the list is the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which paid out £8,449,333 between 2012/13 and 2016/17 for errors made before 1995.
As seen in Get West London, the Trust have responded:
“Our patients, particularly in our high secure and forensic services, are some of the most complex, challenging and long staying patients the health service sees.
“This means we report fewer consultant episodes (discharges) compared to an acute hospital, where patients will have significantly shorter stays and consultants will see a greater number of patients.
This disparity means that the trust is shown as a false outlier in the data. We also see thousands of patients in the community and this is not captured as part of the data.”