The NHS has recouped £22m from insurance companies to cover the costs of treating road crash victims in Wales.

The injury costs recovery scheme was introduced in 2007, and now covers cases involving personal injury compensation as well as the direct costs of treating road crash victims.

The scheme is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions compensation recovery unit.

Spokesman Chris Franks said: “I am pleased that money spent by the NHS is returned to the NHS and its patients. It is important in these very difficult economic times that as much money as possible is returned to the NHS.”