NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill

The NHS in England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, the BBC has learned through a Freedom of Information request. 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.…

Curb rising NHS negligence payouts, health leaders urge

Health leaders have written to Justice Secretary David Gauke urging him to reform the payout system for negligence claims against the NHS in England. They say costs are spiralling, “unsustainable” and diverting vast amounts from frontline care. The NHS Confederation, the British Medical Association and medical lawyers are among the signatories. The Ministry of Justice…