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.