18th Dec, 2017

Compensation claims cost Heart of England NHS Trust £22m a year

Sarah Mason 16th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE HEART of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) handed out more than £22.4 million in damages and costs to patients in the last 12 months – it has been revealed.

The trust, which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals, paid out the amount to 203 patients for incidents and claims made in 2015/16 – making it the second highest in the country.

The claims, however, could have been for incidents which have taken place years before.

Damages cost the Trust more than £13.7 million with the rest being made up from legal costs – its own and those it had been ordered to pay for claimants.

News of the payouts comes as it was revealed that HEFT is to join forces with University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust.

It also comes after an investigation into its finances by health watchdog Monitor was launched after it reportedly made losses of £29.5 million in five months last year.

According to the figures from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London paid the highest amount in claims, totalling £23.7 million in the same period.

Meanwhile neighbouring South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust paid out more than £2.2 million, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust shelled out £214,892 and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust handed out more than £11 million.

The Observer contacted the Trust for a comment but nobody was available for comment at the time of going to press.

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