PERFORMANCE: The number of legal claims made against Lewisham Healthcare Trust in the last quarter was nearly double the average over previous years, a report reveals.

The document presented to the board said there had been 23 claims against a previous average of 12.

The total value of claims paid out by the NHS Litigation Authority on the trust’s behalf last year was £11.6m.

A claim due to be settled in the near future concerned the faulty fitting of long-acting reversible contraception.

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