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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 20:43 GMT 21:43 UK
NHS pays 300m in compensation
NHS compensation pay-outs for clinical negligence claims came to nearly 300m in 2003/4 - the latest figures reveal.

The 296,811,618 figure was released by Health Minister Jane Griffiths and shows a dramatic increase from 1996/7.

Then pay-outs came to just over 1m before rising to nearly 696m in 2001/2 and falling back to 335m in 2002/3.

The British Medical Association's Edwin Borman has said the current system for compensation in the NHS is "costly, unpredictable and often unjust".

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