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The National Health Service pays damages in over three-quarters of medical negligence claims in which legal proceedings are issued, updated figures show. Last year damages were awarded in 3,217 out of 4,234 clinical claims where legal proceedings were launched. The proportion was similar in previous years: 2,514 damages awards out of 3,311 cases in 2015-16, and 2,291 awards out of 3,062 cases in 2014-15.