Our latest FOI request reveals some interesting information:
- The Trust received 173 requests for medical records from solicitors in the year ending 5 April 2019. This is up 60% on the previous year.
- They received 83 formal letters of claim, up 36% on the previous year.
I suspect that the increase is probably down to more aggressive marketing from Claims Management Companies (these are not solicitors). These Companies advertise heavily on TV and the internet and encourage patients to pursue claims.
National figures confirm that the overall number of paid out claims do not change from much from year to year. Time will tell if this trend is about to change. If it doesn’t then the increased requests and letters experienced by South Tees is largely made up of unsuccessful claims.
Hilton Armstrong – February 2020