NHS pays £100,000 a day for mistakes. We do have a choice, and we dont have to wreck it..

Once again, reporters are omitting to mention that this “may” only be the figure provided by the DOH in England. There is no NHS, so what are the comparable figures for the 4 regions of the UK? Devolution has failed in health and education in Wales, which are more expensive and of lower quality than England. The litigation budget in Wales is extraordinary…. More and more people are aware of the safety net failures, and are paying for private care. No fault compensation is a reasonable way forward. Providing more home grown and trained doctors and nurses will also help…

See the source imageThe Times reports September 13th: NHS pays £100,000 a day for mistakes

Three patients a week are being compensated by the NHS after claiming that botched care left them without a limb, unable to see or suffering from cosmetic scarring.

In the past eight years the NHS has paid out compensation to 810 patients who suffered needless amputations, 340 who were left blind after poor hospital care and 269 who sustained cosmetic injuries as a result of negligent treatment, the latest figures show.

NHS Resolution, which resolves compensation claims, paid out £3.2 billion meaning the cases are costing the NHS more than £100,000 a day.

The biggest group of claimants was people who won legal cases against hospitals saying that negligent care meant they had to have an amputation.

The compensation paid out over the past eight years to the 810 people who had lost a limb totalled £2.2 billion, meaning that the average payout for the loss of an arm or leg was almost £300,000.

The average compensation cheque for loss of sight was about £250,000 while the average claim for scarring after cosmetic surgery was about £30,000.

Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, a patients’ rights group, said: “It is absolutely unbelievable that you go into hospital for care and then you end up suffering more. Much of the problem is down to the system being overstretched. We just don’t seem to have enough people to look after patients.”

An official from the regulator, NHS Improvement, said: “Providing patients with high quality and effective care is a priority for hospitals.

The NHS successfully provides safe and compassionate care to hundreds of thousands of people per day, so incidents where this doesn’t happen are thankfully very rare.

However, it is vital that when they do, hospitals investigate and take action to improve.”

See the source imageThe blame game. The proliferation of compensation claims – needs a “no fault compensation” cure, possibly through a social insurance fund.

Fully home grown doctor workforce – Medicine thrives on experience from abroad. There is irony in a short term recruitment solution ..

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.

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

This is starting to add up. Overseas patients, fraud and litigation… are costing us all dearly.

See the source imageThe Express Anna Behrmann in 2016 reports : NHS lines up £56billion of budget to pay for legal costs of negligence cases

THE NHS has set aside almost half of its entire budget to cover compensation payments and legal costs, it has emerged.

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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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