MORE than four patients a week are being compensated by the NHS after it was claimed they lost a limb to botched care, are unable to see or suffer from cosmetic scars.
In the last five years, the NHS has paid compensation to 605 patients who have suffered unnecessary amputations, 315 patients who have gone blind after poor hospital care and 162 who have suffered cosmetic injuries as a result of negligent treatment.
The compensation bill for all these people from NHS Resolution has now reached £276million – meaning these cases are costing the NHS more than £150,000 every day.
The largest group of plaintiffs were people who won legal battles against hospitals who said negligent care meant they had to be amputated.
In all, there have been 605 payouts to people who have lost a limb over the last five years, with compensation totaling £189m, meaning the average payout for losing an arm, foot or leg was more than £300,000.
Ayanle Omer received a £2.35million payout last year after having his leg amputated when medics failed to realize he had developed sepsis that nearly killed him.
Ayanle’s lawyers claimed doctors and London’s Northwick Park Hospital failed to spot the clear signs of sepsis while he was suffering from leg and ankle pain.
He ended up in a coma and eventually underwent a dozen surgeries, including the removal of his right leg.
There were also 314 successful claims where patients said poor care caused them to lose their sight, resulting in payouts of £80m, equivalent to an average compensation payment of £255,000.
Officials said there were a further 162 cases in which people were compensated after they claimed botched care led to cosmetic disfigurements.
These people received a total of £7million, meaning the average claim for this type of scarring was around £40,000.
John McQuater, President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said: “The purpose of compensation is to restore the lives of injured patients and meet their additional needs.
It is never a stroke of luck or a reward for being a victim of negligence.
“Patients should be able to count on being treated and not end up losing their limbs or their eyesight when it could be avoided. But if the worst happens, the appropriate avenues of redress should always be available.”
An NHS spokesman said: “Incidents like this are extremely rare but when they do happen the NHS is keen to learn from it to improve the care of future patients.”
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