A new report published last week by the Public Accounts Committee confronts the issue of spiralling clinical negligence compensation claims in the face of what the committee termed NHS ‘defensiveness.’

Recognising that the cost of clinical negligence claims has risen by over £1 billion in the last decade, the committee identified a ‘reluctance (by the NHS) to admit mistakes, which is likely to be leading to more clinical negligence claims.’

Furthermore, the committee criticised the government for what it termed a ‘disappointingly slow and complacent’ response to the problem.

The chair of the committee, Meg Hillier, commented that ‘it is important that patients who suffer because of clinical negligence are compensated. But government has been far too slow to understand and get a grip on the increase in negligence costs.’

She further remarked that ‘the NHS must move more quickly to share best practice in the handling of harmful incidents and complaints. This should be a fundamental part of what remains a disappointingly slow-moving shift towards openness and transparency.’

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