BBC reports of concern about compensation payments made by 2 hospital trusts in Cumbria

The BBC reports of concern about the levels of compensation payments made by the two hospital trusts in Cumbria, the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

The BBC report can be found here:

The report confirms that the North Cumbria Trust paid out £23m between 2011 and 2014 and the Morecambe Bay Trust £17m in the same period. Between the 2 Trusts this represents annual payments of a little over £13m.
In the last 12 months Price Slater Gawne’s Cumbria and North Lancashire Consultant David Dawson has secured compensation of over £2,000,000 for clients in cases against those 2 trusts. That figure approaches 15% of average annual total from the published figures. He is also dealing with several other cases against the same Trusts, in some of which admissions have been made. The cases range from serious brain injuries through failures to identify orthopaedic injuries and failures to diagnose cancer. The latter category is particularly worrying as one case concerns a cancer which the patient would have survived but for the delay in diagnosis.
Although the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust in answer to the BBC report said that the claims were reducing overall, this is not the impression we have at Price Slater Gawne. New enquiries in relation to treatment by the 2 trusts involve continue to arrive.

Undoubtedly the overall claims against the Trusts are significant. There are many on going claims in relation to the maternity department at Furness General Hospital following the publication of the Kirkup report (see our blog reporting on maternity care at Barrow ) and it is clear that problems within the hospitals need to be addressed and resolved.