Handling clinical negligence claims in England
There is concern about the lack of publicly available information on clinical negligence claims and whether the system is cost-effective, quick, efficient and humane. This report looks at the number of claims, the cost of settling them and the time taken; patients access to remedies and who patients claims are managed. It found that claims in England rose 72% between 1990 and 1998 and the net present value of outstanding claims was £2.6 billion. Claims still take a long time to settle and those that were closed in 1999/2000 took average five and a half years to settle (excluding cerebral palsy and brain damage).
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1.3 billion 31 March Access to Justice adverse incidents apology April Bolam test cent of claims cerebral palsy claim to settlement claimants claims closed claims for clinical claims handling claims managers clinical governance clinical negligence claims Clinical Negligence Scheme Comptroller and Auditor conditional fee agreements cost of settlement costs of settling criteria Department of Health England estimate Existing Liabilities Scheme Figure financial compensation franchise funding gatekeepers handlers health authorities legal advice legal aid legal costs Legal Services Commission Legal Services Commission's Liabilities Scheme claims Liabilities Scheme database Lord Chancellor's Department Lord Woolf mediation million monitoring National Audit Office NHS bodies NHS Litigation Authority NHS Trust non-financial remedies number of claims open claims operation outcome package approach palsy and brain panel solicitors paragraph Patient wants payment of damages quality mark Scheme for Trusts settling claims Source Trowers & Hamlins Trust or health Trusts and health value of claims Wales