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…

NHS negligence claims hit £1.4bn

NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims last year compared to £583m in 2008, analysis shows. The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which handles claims on behalf of trusts, said it was trying to reduce the costs. It blamed big rises in claims and legal costs from claimants. Lawyers said…