£1m a year!! Sex offence payouts cost NHS £4.6m in five years…

And its all about money…. and sex it seems. We all know we cannot afford this …

Andrew Gregory and Leila Haddou report “Sex offence payouts cost NHS £4.6m in five years” in the Times 31st March 2019.

The NHS has spent almost £5m compensating patients, staff and members of the public who had been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, The Sunday Times can reveal today.

A freedom of information request by this newspaper reveals for the first time the damages paid to 94 victims during the past five years. Some 75 were patients.

The precise nature of the cases, including when and where in the health service they took place and details of the perpetrators behind the offences, were not disclosed. NHS Resolution, which handles negligence claims against the NHS, declined to provide even brief details of any of the incidents.

In total, £2.2m was paid out in damages, £2m was spent on claimants’ legal costs and another £400,00 went on defence costs.

John Kell, head of policy at the Patients Association, said: “Sexual harassment of a patient by anyone working in the NHS is a dreadful betrayal of the trust that patients place in clinicians and healthcare professionals and will inevitably shake the confidence of victims in the integrity of the NHS.”

In January this newspaper revealed that the NHS had been left with a £1m bill for compensating victims of Jimmy Savile after the estate of the late sexual predator contributed only £53,000. The DJ and television presenter raped and assaulted scores of patients, staff and visitors in 41 hospitals, children’s homes and a hospice over nearly 50 years.

NHS Resolution declined to identify NHS hospital trusts where fewer than five people had been awarded damages, insisting there was a risk that individuals “may be identified either from this information alone, or in combination with other available information”.

The only trust identified by NHS Resolution was Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It paid £249,000 in damages to five patients. The trust said all the cases were linked to Dr Myles Bradbury. He was jailed for 22 years — later reduced to 16 — in 2014 for abusing 18 boys in his care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

 

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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