MoD pays out £100m in compensation claims

The
Ministry of Defence paid out a record £100m in compensation to servicemen and
women injured as a result of negligence last year.

The
figures released by the National Audit Office showed that the largest single
payout was £4m and went to a naval cadet who was injured after being ordered to
jump into a canoe.

Ten
years ago, the total bill for claims reached £25m.

The
audit office warned of even bigger claims in the future relating to Gulf War
veterans’ illnesses and post-traumatic stress disorder.

These
future claims could run into hundreds of millions of pounds, it said.

By Michael Millar

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