A hospital trust in the north west has emerged as the one that paid out the third highest amount in injury compensation between 2008 and 2009, with the total figure including costs standing at GBP 3.14 million.
The Pennine Acute Hospitals paid out over GBP 2 million in damages over ten cases involving departments including cardiology and paediatrics, in addition to more than GBP 1 million in costs, Rochdale Online reports.
Ruth Jameson, medical director at the trust, said that larger trusts will naturally incur more injury compensation claims than smaller ones that provide low-risk care.
"The vast majority of the thousands of patients that we treat and care for every day receive and experience a good quality, safe and effective healthcare service," she told the paper.
It follows news that the families of up to 1,200 people who died at Stafford Hospital are planning to sue NHS bosses for corporate manslaughter.