The NHS has paid heavily as compensation, to the tune of £112million, in the last five years as doctors did not detect blood clots on time. The compensation amount also goes up each year, reveals the NHS Litigation Authority.
No amount of money can compensate the loss of lives, and sadly, 10,000 lives could have been saved annually if the lethal clots were detected before it got too late.
Screening for the clots, also known as venous thrombo- embolism or VTE is all that is necessary to detect them on time.
The common blood clot is deep vein thrombosis which claims the lives of nearly 25,000 patients annually.