The Medical Protection Society issued its report on Friday – The Rising Costs of Clinical Negligence: Who pays the Price?
The report states that there should be reasonable compensation for those harmed due to clinical negligence, but that this must be balanced against society’s ability to pay.
The report goes on to state that NHS clinical negligence costs have increased by 72% over last 5 years and costs could reach £.26bn a year by 2022
Commenting on the report, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors said:
“We put our absolute trust and faith in the medical profession and when things go wrong it can have the most shocking consequences on our health and wellbeing.
“It is accepted that risks can occur in surgery and these to the most part are explained in full – but mistakes over and above the risk of surgery are not acceptable.
“Without highlighting those mistakes in cases that come before the law courts, no changes will be made. It is up to the medical profession to ensure standards are kept and mistakes are reduced.”