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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2012): National Health Service - funding

Bailouts cannot be used to hide failings

C. Dowler

Health Service Journal, Apr. 12th 2012, p. 10-11

Monitor has warned foundation trusts that it may disregard bailouts from commissioners or the government when assessing their financial health. The move could allow earlier regulatory intervention in financially troubled trusts.

NHS blunders on newborns set to cost 235m

D. Campbell

The Guardian, Apr. 10th 2012, p. 4

Blunders by hospital staff which left newborn babies brain-damaged in the first few days of their lives were set to cost the NHS more than 235m, official figures revealed. NHS lawyers had set aside 235.4m to settle 60 claims in which babies allegedly suffered brain damage and other complications after maternity staff failed to notice they had dangerously low blood sugar levels. In two of the cases the hypoglycaemia was so serious the baby died, according to the lawsuits. NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) figures obtained by the Guardian showed that in England in the past decade, it had received 79 claims for damages because of harm to babies relating to undetected or untreated hypoglycaemia. Of those, 19 were closed with no compensation. It had paid damages of between 300,000 and more than 7m in 19 other cases and was defending 41 other similar actions. Seven of the 19 settled cases had each involved damages of more than 6m.

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