NHS commits to major safety drive as claims soar
The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which manages negligence and other claims against the NHS in England, has revealed that it is going to push for major safety improvements going forward in a bid to enhance quality of care and to minimise the number of negligence cases [link – http://www.nhsla.com/CurrentActivity/Pages/News.aspx].
To achieve the above, the NHSLA has announced the launch of a programme to enhance safety by supporting efforts to improve quality throughout the NHS.
The announcement comes in the wake of a successful £18 million funding scheme involving members of Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) to financially back initiatives in areas such as radiology, human factors and maternity safety.
However, despite increased efforts from the NHSLA, it would appear that medical negligence claims are set to rise in the coming years, with payouts already hitting a new peak.
Costs of claims reach new high
Between 2009/10 and 2013/14 over £79 million was paid out by just one regional NHS body. The figure, paid out due to errors at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals, represents the highest total from any single trust in the UK. The sum highlights the huge amounts of money that can result from inadequate treatment or poor practices but is actually only a fraction of the overall calculation.
According to a report in the Telegraph [link – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11733719/Medical-blunders-cost-NHS-billions.html], over £4.5 billion has been paid out in the wake of NHS ‘blunders’ over the last five years, with almost a quarter of that amount – £1.1 billion – coming from just 20 NHS trusts.
The newspaper found that legal costs emerging as a consequence of medical bloopers and mistakes has quadrupled in the last decade, with 10 trusts noted as having paid at least £55m in negligence costs in the last five years.
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