MORE than £860,000 has been given in compensation payments to North-east patients who had their cancer misdiagnosed or for delays diagnosing the disease.
Figures released by NHS Grampian under the Freedom of Information Act show £860,747 has been given to less than five patients in the last three years.
A further £204,691 was paid in legal fees over this period.
A spokesman for the health board said: “We have more than a million patient contacts each year and the vast majority of patients are very satisfied with their care and treatment.
“These claims represent a very small proportion of the number of patient contacts we have and is no reflection on NHS Grampian’s standards.
“The compensation money is not paid from NHS Grampian funds, but comes from its insurance scheme – the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Scheme (CNORIS) which is a risk transfer and financing scheme for NHS Scotland.”