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GP claims increased by 76% in the last seven years

29 August 2018

29 August 2018

Data from Medical Protection reveals an increase of 76% in the number of GP claims in Ireland from 2010 to 2017. The probability of a full-time GP receiving a claim has also doubled in the last decade; the data shows they can expect to face one clinical negligence claim over a typical career.

These findings will be addressed at Medical Protection General Practice conference 2018: Understanding Patients, Tailoring Care on Saturday 8 September 2018 at the Dublin Convention Centre.

Echoing on the above findings, a YouGov online survey on behalf of Medical Protection revealed that 87% of Irish adults agreed that they are living in a litigious society, and more than half of the public (58%) said that it has now become easier to make a claim for clinical negligence.

Regardless of whether any harm was caused, 54% of respondents agreed that patients should have access to compensation when something goes wrong. But only 37% of them would bring a clinical negligence claim against a healthcare professional if they were dissatisfied about any aspect of the service they received.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference include mental health and capacity, adverse events, General Data Protection Regulation, child protection, prescribing for the elderly and signs of burnout and stress. 

Hilary Steele, Claims Lead for Ireland said:

“Medical Protection’s philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine. Unfortunately, we have seen a 76% increase in GP claims over the last seven years and the conference will address the spiralling cost of claims and impact they have on our members. While there is no sign of this trend reversing in the immediate future, the government is now taking steps to address the claims culture in Ireland.  

“On a further positive note, in a recent survey of the general public, 71% of respondents were concerned about the impact a litigious society has on doctors’ welfare and the way medicine is practised.

“It is important that GPs are kept informed of medicolegal developments. The conference will provide practical guidance on how to manage risk and deliver best practice care tailored to your patients’ needs.”

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For further information please contact Suzi Salleh, Press Officer at Medical Protection on +44 (0)20 7640 5119 or suzi.salleh@medicalprotection.org

Press passes for the plenary sessions are available
on request. Workshops are not open to the media. Hilary Steele, Claims Lead for Ireland will speak at the conference at 10.10am.

The YouGov public survey was done between 31st January to 6th February 2018 where 1,001 adults in Ireland participated. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Irish adults (aged 18+).