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

An argument for no fault compensation was won in NZ and Scandinavia over 40 years ago. Why have we been so slow? Longer waits mean we will be poorer… through loss by money set aside for litigation. Kat Lay reports 22nd March 2019: Longer waits could increase negligence claims, NHS told The NHS could face […]

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 […]

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 […]

Decriminalise unintended erreros…. And initiate no-fault compensation…

New Zealand has been ahead of the UK in many ways, for the last 40 years. No fault compensation (ACC) was started in the 1970s, and there are co-payments. Despite all this effort to ensure a sustainable health care system, the legal risk has not been controlled enough. So the new legislation has been introduced. […]

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 […]

£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 […]

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 […]