NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill

Each year the NHS receives more than 10,000 new claims for compensation.

This figure includes all current unsettled claims and projected estimates of ones in the future.

The Department of Health has pledged to tackle “the unsustainable rise in the cost of clinical negligence”.

Estimates published last year put the total cost of outstanding compensation claims at £83bn.

NHS England’s total budget in 2018-19 was £129bn.

The Association of Personal Injuries Lawyers believes the cost is driven by failures in patient safety.

Doctors represented by the Medical Defence Union, which supports doctors at risk of litigation, are calling for “a fundamental” reform of the current system.

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