Compensation payments to patients who have been victims of botched treatment at NHS Tayside have doubled to more than £3.2m, it was revealed today.

In 2012/13, £1,415,342 was paid out in clinical negligence by the health board, only to rise by 130% to £3,268,548 in 2013/14.

The figures come just a month after the Tele revealed NHS Tayside brain and spinal surgeon Professor Muftah Salem Eljamel, 57, had been suspended from his hospital post after a patient had surgery on the wrong spinal disc.

Margaret Watt, the chair of the Scotland Patients Association, said the figures were not a surprise to her. She said: “A lot of things are happening where the practises leave a lot to be desired. NHS Tayside have had their difficulties with a couple of doctors that had to be dismjssed or suspended and that hasn’t helped them.”

The Evening Telegraph (DC Thomson), 5th June 2014  – archived below for public information.

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