Almost GBP 11 million has been paid out by the NHS in injury compensation cases relating to clinical negligence in the Rochdale area in just one year, it has emerged.
Some GBP 10.9 million was handed out in compensation between 2008 and 2009 for patients treated at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Rochdale Online reports.
A similar amount was paid in the previous year by the authority, which runs Rochdale Infirmary, the Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General and North Manchester.
"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," Ruth James, medical director at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, told the news provider.
Overall, NHS injury compensation and clinical negligence costs have soared by 11 per cent to GBP 807 million in the last year, according to the latest figures from the NHS Litigation Authority.