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NHS: Negligence

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 68981, tabled on 3 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much he has spent on NHS negligence claims over the last 12 months.

Answered on

9 November 2021

NHS Resolution (NHSR) manages clinical negligence and other claims against the NHS in England.

NHSR has provided the following information:

The total cost of clinical negligence claims in the financial year 2020/21 was £2,209.3 million. The table below shows the breakdown of these costs:


£ Million

Damages Paid to Claimants


Claimant Legal Costs


NHS Legal Costs




Note: the latest figures available from NHS Resolution relate to the 2020/21 financial year.