The Health and Social Care Committee has published a report (embargoed until 28 April) urging radical reforms to the negligence compensation system that costs NHS billions each year.
Commenting, Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection, said:
“The Health and Social Care Committee is right to highlight the need for a radical overhaul of the clinical negligence system – we need reforms to make legal costs more proportionate, and make things more fair and transparent which will in turn reduce soaring costs.
“In our evidence to this inquiry, we raised concern that the system is also neither equitable nor appropriate for families and children who suffer child-birth injuries as only those who are able to prove fault against a healthcare professional receive compensation and support. The process of proving fault is highly stressful and lengthy for all involved, and reinforces a blame culture which acts as a barrier to learning.
“The Government committed to publishing a proper strategy on clinical negligence in 2018 and while there have been more pressing priorities, we cannot not lose sight of this. We need commitment to some bold and swift steps if we are going to get close to addressing this issue.”
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