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

NHSreality has long supported No-Fault compensation. The concept of all of us owing £1000 each in medical negligence and litigation costs is daunting. Add to this the fact that 0ver 50% of the costs go to the lawyers and the logic of no-fault compensation is evident. The trouble is the timescale for savings: this is not […]

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

In a relatively wealthy and litigious society liberal values demand that the individual can sue in tort. However the society we live in cannot afford the compensation losses. The answer is no fault compensation (NFC), already recommended in Scotland. Individual cases such as that of Malcolm Green (see below) are legion, across the country, and […]

Litigation – The rising tsunami is swamping us all.. NHSreality lists all the posts on litigation in the two years of existence. NFC (No fault compensation) is essential.

Kat Lay in The Times on 26th December 2014 reports: Lawyers under attack for £250m NHS fees bonanza With litigation costing us all around £20 per head, and rising exponentially, there will be a great advantage to the Scots if they can bring in “no fault compensation” (NFC). This was rejected by the old NHS in 1966, […]

NHS faces crisis in litigation as well as A&E. Introduce no fault compensation (NFC)?

The Times letters 12th November reports: ‘The needs of many patients suffering suboptimal outcomes would be better served by a system of no-fault compensation’ Sir, Medical litigation costs in the NHS are on the brink of destroying entire services. The situation in obstetrics (report, Nov 8) is by no means unique. This and other high-risk […]

Why not implement no-fault compensation? Because it needs a longer term perspective and a PR system to get it through.

Frances Gibb reports in The Times 23rd June 2017: Medical negligence payouts ‘unaffordable’ Reforms to curb the soaring costs of medical negligence, which could see taxpayers paying out £2.6 billion a year by 2022, must go ahead, a report has urged. The NHS spent £1.5 billion on clinical negligence claims last year, enough to train more […]

The “burning deck”…. A great opportunity for no-fault compensation. Paying for Grandpa – how to pay for it all

The Mirror and all the other newspapers, BBC and all TV/Radio reported this week the words of our Hospital Inspector (England): NHS ‘on a burning platform’ with patients at risk warns England’s top hospital inspector – Professor Sir Mike Richards warned thanks to rising demand and “economic pressures” safety remains a “real concern“. Damien Gayle […]

Medical legal costs ‘excessive and should be capped’ – but no-fault compensation ignored…

On 28th June BBC News reported: Medical legal costs ‘excessive and should be capped’ and Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Sarah-Kate Templeton in the Times on the same day reported: Cap on lawyers’ huge NHS fees The answer is no-fault compensation as in several other countries. The longer it is delayed the more expensive it will become. (NHS spends […]

The second eleven – The British political class is not up to the job

In the Economist June 10th, and talking about Brussels and Brexit negotiations, the writer Bagehot argues that career politicians do not have the experience for the job. This also applies to the Health Services in the UK. The dishonest language, denial, lack of leadership and low quality debate that threaten the health services apply to […]

The Hacking reveals a collusion of anonymity for responsibility for rationing…

Update 13th May 2017: Mark Bridge May 13th in the Times: Outdated technology offers easy pickings As readers know NHSreality says there is no NHS, but a regional system. The rationing of services, and this includes IT, is the responsibility of the Trust Boards, and commissioning groups in England. An inability to provide the requisite upgrades […]

Cancer can present quickly, or slowly, as an acute same day appointment and a booked one, and in Casualty. We don’t know the historic ratios, but the press will vilify GPs anyway.

GPs are not getting a good press. As access to care, appointments and tests all collapse, NHSreality is expecting some form of public protest at the invidiousness of a two tier system by default. The Times reporting is factual, but the Mail and others is disgraceful. Sorting the wheat from the chaff when there are […]