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Cost of clinical negligence grew to £1.6 billion in 2016–17 for NHS trusts

Cost of clinical negligence grew to £1.6 billion in 2016–17 for NHS trusts

Cost of clinical negligence grew to £1.6 billion in 2016-17 for NHS trusts

A report by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found that the annual cost of the clinical negligence for NHS trusts has quadrupled over the last decade from £0.4 billion in 2006-07 to £1.6 billion in 2016-17.

The Committee says action is required by the government to address impact of clinical negligence claims on NHS resources.

It said that the Government has been disappointingly slow and complacent in its response to long-standing concerns about these predictable rising costs, and their ability to take resources away from frontline services.

PAC chair Meg Hillier MP said: "I am concerned that funding available for NHS services and the costs of clinical negligence are locked in a vicious spiral - one that without urgent action will spin out of control."

A change to the discount rate earlier this year immediately doubled the cost of some claims.
The situation is particularly concerning to NHS GPs as it affects them personally as they currently must meet the costs of indemnity themselves.

Source: Hospitaldr

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