A plea for No-Fault compensation: please politicians, think long term.

NHSreality has spoken out about “No fault compensation” as in New Zealand and Scandinavia. The money set aside in Wales alone is more than one year’s budget. We need a long term thinker – again.

Chris Smyth reports in the Times 17th Jan 2018: 1990s NHS errors costing taxpayers millions

…The negligence bill for blunders made before 1995 is now growing again and last year’s payouts were £27.7 million, up 13 per cent, according to the BBC. Maternity errors account for the bulk of the cost because lifetime payouts can run into millions of pounds.

The Times has previously reported that the maternity negligence bill had doubled in a decade to more than £1 billion, with a quarter of claims consistently resulting from failures to monitor a baby’s heart rate properly, which can lead to oxygen starvation.

Claims before 1995 are dealt with by a separate scheme that is still making payouts, leading to criticism that cases are being dragged out for far too long.

The Welsh Green (nearly white) paper on Health – and the BMA Wales response. The candour of honest language and overt rationing, & exit interviews to lever cultural change..

How much does NHS Wales spend? You can find out the basics, but not in comparison with England yet.


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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