Today's story in the Telegraph is yet another example of how poorly the National Health Service is run; specifically the low standards of clinical care that are now the norm.
To understand the financial cost of all this one needs to navigate to the NHS Litigation Authority website (there is an entire business set up to manage the results of this poor care) http://www.nhsla.com/Pages/Home.aspx
You have to be diligent to find the statistics but buried deep in the reports on the NHSLA website there were clinical litigation claims outstanding against the NHS that amount to over £18 BILLION.
From their website:
As at 31 March 2012, the NHSLA estimates that it has potential liabilities of £18.9 billion, of which £18.6 billion relate to clinical negligence claims