State to pay out 'massive, staggering' figures for medical negligence claims, PAC hears

State to pay out 'massive, staggering' figures for medical negligence claims, PAC hears

Current medical negligence claims are set to cost the State more than €2bn.

The State Claims Agency has told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that there are 113 cases which will cost more than €10m each to settle.

PAC Chairman, Seán Fleming, said the cause of the high pay-outs needs to be investigated as that money could be used to improve other aspects of the health sector.

He said: "Those 113 cases are estimated to cost Irish taxpayers approximately €1.4bn, which is an average of €12.8m each.

"They are massive, staggering figures and we know some of the cases are very catastrophic, there are life-long issues to be dealt with, and some of the cases are going to be very high."

    Of the 113 serious cases that will cost €10m-plus to settle:

  • 10 are in Dublin/North East Hospital Group
  • 17 are in Dublin/Midlands Hospital Group
  • 10 are in Ireland East Hospital Group
  • 22 are in South/South-West Hospital Group
  • 29 are in Saolta West/North West Hospital Group
  • 14 are in Midwest Hospital Group
  • Five are in the Children's Hospital Group

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