Diathermy Burns (FOI_6278)

Freedom of information request details

FOI request date:

Service: Claims Management Cause: Diathermy Burns/react. To Prep

The following information was requested:

Please answer this question for the time period between 01/01/23 and 31/10/23.

1) How many times have NHS Resolution been notified of clinical negligence claims relating to surgical burns to patients in England over this period? Please tell me what hospitals the burns happened in, the date on which the burns happened and the amount of money NHS Resolution paid in damages and legal costs for each of the claims. Please also send me the redacted claim submitted by the patient/the patient’s lawyers, which sought compensation from the burn, along with the response(s) from the trust. This will likely be in the form of an e-mail or letter, but could be a combination of both. Please also send the reports/surveys done after the incident to assess what caused the situation, and the best ways to prevent patients being burnt during surgery in the future.

2) For each of the calendar years between 2018 and 2022, please tell me how many times NHS Resolution were notified of clinical negligence claims relating to surgical burns to patients in England.

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