The number of claims against Irish GPs has more than doubled between 2007 and 2012. The total size of these claims is increasing, too. This is made worse by the courts awarding ever higher settlements and a legal system that lacks a speedy and predictable process for handling clinical negligence claims.
MPS has lobbied both the Health and Justice Ministers on your behalf and we will continue to do so. We have made it clear that the current claims environment is causing severe difficulty.
We place a strong emphasis on risk management and want to help you reduce your risk. Last month, MPS held a number of roadshows across Ireland for members, looking at why patients sue – and what you can do to reduce the risk of it happening to you.
MPS also conducts Clinical Risk Self Assessments (CRSAs) to assess risk levels in practices. Last year, we visited more than 150 practices across the UK and Ireland – below, we reveal our findings of the top five risks in general practice:
- Communication 100%
- Confidentiality 100%
- Health and safety issues (including security) 97.4%
- Prescribing 95.4%
- Record keeping and visits 89.5%