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

Kat Lay reports in the Times September 7th 2017: Negligence payout bill for NHS to hit £3.2bn in 2020 There is a built in inflation in medical negligence claims. GP insurance is rising rapidly, and some years ago the removal of unlimited cover occurred. Some GPs are paying well over £1500 per month, and the average […]

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 facts, What doctors earn – except that GPs are self employed and you wont know their overhead/expenses/debts which will vary by GP and by practice.

BMJ has helpfully published the latest data on GPs (BMJ Aug 30th article by Tom Moberly Data chart: what doctors earn Authors: Tom Moberly Publication date:  30 Aug 2017 In 2016, the mean annual pay for all doctors working full time in the UK was £78 386, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). […]

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 […]