All areas of clinical activity see claims for negligence in the NHS.
Every NHS speciality experiences medical negligence, and new claims by patients increase yearly, with 10,284 in 2022.
Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery account for the highest percentage of claims, with 12% each in 2021 / 22.
Orthopaedic surgery is at 12% of claims in 2020 / 21, while Emergency medicine and Obstetrics is at 11% in 2020 / 21.
Of the total of 11,281 claims in 2019 / 20, Emergency medicine and Orthopaedic surgery are 12% of received claims, and Obstetrics is at 11%.
In 2018 / 19, 10,678 claims were received, and Emergency medicine, at 13% of the total, led the way. Orthopaedic surgery, at 12% and Obstetrics, at 11%, were the other big areas of claims in 2018 / 19.
General Surgery is steady at 8% of claims over the four years from 2018 to 2022. Gynaecology grows from 5% to 9% from 2018 to 2021 and steadies at 7% in the 2022 NHS Resolution Report.
Radiology is at 4% of total claims from 2018 / 19 to 2021 / 22, while Urology, Psychiatry and Gastroenterology make up 3% each over the same reporting period.
Obstetrics jumps to 62% when it comes to the financial cost of claims in 2022. The figure is up from 59% in 2020 / 21 and was still highest at 50% in both 2018 / 19 and 2019 / 20, reflecting the high price of settling claims involving maternity negligence.
Current trends indicate a similar path for NHS Resolution in the coming years.