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S5W-19214: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many compensation claims against (a) it, (b) its agencies, (c) the NHS and (d) local authorities for catastrophic personal injury have been settled using (i) periodical payment orders since 28 March 2017 and (ii) the discount rate in each year since 2012-13.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 November 2018

There have been no such claims settled against the Scottish Government and its agencies.

Since March 2017, there have been two cases settled by periodical payment order under the NHS Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme (CNORIS). Where a settlement is agreed as a one-off payment, data held centrally under CNORIS does not distinguish as to whether there is catastrophic personal injury, future care costs or if the discount rate has been applied. As such, the information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by manual review of all hardcopy and electronic case files.

Local Authorities are independent corporate entities and separate from the Scottish Government. As such, information on claims made against Local Authorities is not held centrally by the Scottish Government and the information requested would require to be obtained from each Local Authority.