877 patients died by malpractice – relatives have received compensation

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Relatives have in total been paid NOK 261 million by Norwegian Patient Injury Compensation (NPE) as a result of 877 patients dying due to malpractice.

“We have paid compensation to the relatives in these cases because we believe that the patients would most likely have survived if they had received the right treatment or if the correct diagnosis had been made earlier,” NPE Director Rolf Gunnar Jørstad said in a press release.

In the period between 2012 to 2018, Norwegian Patient Injury Compensation (NPE) has awarded compensation in 877 cases where the patient died as a result of malpractice in the health service.

In total, NOK 261 million has been paid in compensation to relatives in these cases. The compensation is mainly for the coverage of the loss of the dependents and the expenses for the funeral service.

– “It makes an impression to go through these cases. Among the 877 cases we see a number of cases where serious health service errors have occurred. This material shows several examples of delayed cancer diagnosis, miscarriage during the course of birth, failure to secure suicide risk patients and poor follow-up of patients after intervention. The cases are a reminder of the importance of good routines and proper expertise in the health service,” says Jørstad.

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