Commenting on the Government response to the Paterson Inquiry, Simon Kayll, Medical Protection Society (MPS) Chief Executive, said:
“This has been a crucial inquiry for those patients who needlessly suffered. We fully support changes that could help to identify concerns earlier, prevent harm, and ultimately improve patient safety, and we welcome the Government’s commitment to delivering on the key recommendations.
“While the Paterson case is extreme and rare, the Government is right to recognise that the issues around compensation – particularly when it comes to deliberate criminal acts – are complex, require comprehensive understanding and should not be rushed. While Paterson was not a MPS member, we engaged with the inquiry to ensure lessons could be learned. MPS is in a strong position to adapt to the potential solutions outlined, and will continue to engage with the Government to ensure any proposed changes in this area are in the best interests of our members.”
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Medical Protection is a trading name of The Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”). MPS is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of almost 300,000 members around the world.
Membership provides access to expert advice and support and can also provide, depending on the type of membership required, the right to request indemnity for any complaints or claims arising from professional practice.
Our in-house experts assist with the wide range of legal and ethical problems that arise from professional practice. This can include clinical negligence claims, complaints, medical and dental council inquiries, legal and ethical dilemmas, disciplinary procedures, inquests and fatal accident inquiries.
Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to avert problems in the first place. We do this by promoting risk management through our workshops, E-learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, lectures and presentations.
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