Havering health trust’s negligence claims second highest in the country

Clinical negligence payouts by Havering’s health trust are the second highest in the country, newly released figures reveal.

In 109 claims, �11.1million was paid out by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) in the 2010/11 financial year.

Of that, �4.7million was paid out for failings in maternity care.

The data, published by the NHS Litigation Authority – which handles negligence claims on behalf of NHS bodies – also reveal �421,000 was paid out for non clinical claims, which can be made by the public or employees.

In 2009/10, the total paid out by the trust in clinical damages was �9.2million, and in 2008/09 �5.1million.

BHRUT’s total debt currently stands at �150million.

Andrew Rosindell, Romford MP, said: “You have to be very careful with figures because they can be misleading or there may be a reasonable explanation behind it. But I am very concerned that this is yet another indicator of poor performance at the trust.

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“I hope [BHRT chief executive] Averil Dongworth will be looking at ways to address what’s been going on.”

The CQC full investigation, which began earlier this month, has been launched because the regulator “keeps finding problems” during unannounced visits to both Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, and King George Hospital, in Goodmayes.

A BHRUT spokesman said the figures were as a result of the number of people it treats, rather than levels of patient care.

She added: This trust is one of the largest and busiest in the NHS and also offers regional services such as cancer and neurosurgery.

“This, coupled with having one of the largest maternity units in England, can lead to high-cost settlements.”