An extra tax of £66.66 per head. The cost of “English” health litigation, and its rising…

Litigations: There is a choice, but the “short term” attitude of every administration has ducked the right option. No fault legislation …. Those of us in the know, and those working at the coal face can only laugh cynically at the DHSS statement:

‘Our ambition is for the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world and it has been recognised that the rise in costs of claims is not due to a decline in patient safety.’ ( !!! Ed )

The finances of Wales, Scotland and Ireland are no different, and probably worse. Poorer people have less means and ability to litigate, but on the other hand the services in Wales are worse. So much too for a “National” health service.

( No Fault Compensation claims are handled by Government run schemes that each have their own set of rules and regulations. The amount that is paid out, if the claim is successful, is usually less than you would normally get in a standard personal injury claim.7 Apr 2016 )

How about some trial areas, a report on comparisons with other countries, and a costing. Surely it has to be cheaper than £4.3 bn, which works out at £66.66 each assuming 60m people in England. Best to be either very poor or very rich to make a claim.

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BBC News today: NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill

The NHS in England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, the BBC has learned through a Freedom of Information request.

Each year the NHS receives more than 10,000 new claims for compensation……

The Mail: NHS England faces £4.3BILLION legal bill to settle negligence

…The Department of Health has said it has no option but to tackle ‘the unsustainable rise in the cost of clinical negligence’.

According to a Freedom of Information request by the BBC, the figure includes existing unsettled claims and projected estimates of future claims…..

Patient complaints hit a ‘wall of silence’ from NHS – No fault compensation would help change the culture…

Another argument for no fault compensation. Longer waits will mean we are poorer…

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

£500 each citizen, man, woman and child, paid for “negligence” annually by 2010. Why no “no fault” compensation?

Cancer sufferer urges patients to stop suing NHS – No fault compensation is the answer.

No fault compensation systems BMJ 2003;326:997

William Gaine opines in the BMJ: Experience elsewhere suggests it is time for the UK to introduce a pilot scheme BMJ 2003;326:997

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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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