In the last four years NHS Fife has had to pay out more than £22 million in compensation for mistakes made treating patients, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Dunfermline Press report: 

SURGICAL blunders have cost NHS Fife more than £22 million over the past four years, new figures have revealed.

Most of the claims were made over mistakes in diagnostics, obstetrics and women’s reproductive tracts, as well as falls and medication errors.

The statistics, revealed through a Freedom of Information request, showed that Scottish NHS Trusts had paid out more than £181 million since 2008-2009.

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