Success rates when you sue the NHS – 2021 update

“Comment is free, but facts are sacred” CP Scott 1921.

Each year the NHS publishes its figures on the number of claims it has against it and how many it pays out on.  These paint a picture quite different from the give-a-way comments we sometimes read in the press or hear on the news.  The most recent report shows us:

  • It settled 12,000 claims, paying out on about 7,000 of them. This means 5,000 (40%) were unsuccessful.  These are cases where letters of claim have been sent by solicitors.
  • These figures have hardly changed over the last 6 years, the average is 11,750 claims, with 4,900 unsuccessful (41%).

Hilton Armstrong – January 2022