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MPS response to Public Accounts Committee report into NHS clinical negligence costs

01 December 2017

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into NHS clinical negligence costs published today - 

Director of Claims Policy and Legal at the Medical Protection Society, Emma Hallinan, said:

“The Public Accounts Committee is right to raise concerns about the rising cost of clinical negligence to the NHS. Since 2010/11 NHS spend has increased by 12% every year on average. If spend continues to increase at the same rate, the NHS could be paying out £3bn a year by 2021/22.  

 

“We believe legal reform is needed to help achieve a balance between compensation that is reasonable, but also affordable. This must go hand in hand with continual improvements in patient safety to help prevent adverse events, and a shift to a more open, learning environment in healthcare where mistakes are routinely discussed and learned from.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

View the Public Accounts Committee report: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmpubacc/397/39702.htm

MPS launched its Striking a Balance campaign in June 2017, setting out a package of legal reforms to control the spiralling costs of clinical negligence and strike a balance between compensation that is reasonable, but also affordable. Find out more at www.medicalprotection.org/balance 

For further information contact: E: kate.tullett@medicalprotection.org T: 0207 640 5290