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

TA friend told me that three nurses had resigned on their ward last week. I can bet they wont have exit interviews. We do not have a learning  organisation. Any solution to the litigation culture will be complex, and it needs to be long term. Longer than the horizon of the average politician, and the […]

£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 […]

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

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 […]

As the 4 state systems fail, more taxpayers go private. A two tier approach to rationing by default rather than by design means no fairness for anyone.

More and more of the taxpaying citizens are paying for their joint replacements privately. The potential for harm in the waiting times (Wales is 18 months for Hip and Knee surgery) means that those with the means pay to reduce the risk of knock on effects of delay, such as heart attacks, or obesity from […]

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 […]