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To penalise patients and their families is not the answer
Suzanne White | 02 Feb 2018

We have continued to argue that to reduce the cost to the NHS and their insurers from negligence, whilst maintaining the rights of the individual, it must start to truly learn the lessons when things go wrong.

Those injured through this type of negligence often meet a wall of silence and in most cases aggressive denial and obstruction from the lawyers acting for the NHS.

This makes it necessary for victims and their families to fight a drawn out legal battle just to get to the truth of what has happened.

Any award of compensation is not a lottery win, it is calculated to the penny.  It provides only for ongoing care and to attempt, in whatever way is possible, to enable the innocent victim to live as independent a life as possible.

We recognise the need to minimise the impact to the NHS, however, the answer is not to penalise injured patients and their families but to face up to mistakes and learn from them.

The NHS would face greater costs if victims were not compensated adequately, whilst insurers would make bigger profits, as the ongoing care costs of those injured would fall on the NHS.

For a fairer more open health system, the leaders of the NHS must stop defending the indefensible and stop these injuries from continuing to happen.

Past blog entries

Scotland sets a UK standard for injured people , 10 May 2018
2017 in review, 19 Dec 2017
Untangling fact from fiction, 04 Dec 2017
The picture is getting clearer, 01 Aug 2017
Future reform to the bringing of clinical negligence claims?, 26 Jun 2017
There is a cost to caring, but it is a cost worth paying, 28 Feb 2017
Decisions to come in 2017, 06 Jan 2017
Claims Management Companies – the Dragon that Needs Slaying, 19 Dec 2016

About this blog

Suzanne White

Suzanne White is co-ordinator of APIL's clinical negligence special interest group and a partner at Leigh Day. She has a particular interest in birth injury claims, injuries to mothers during childbirth, orthopaedics, misdiagnosed cancers, GP errors, children and adult fatal cases, and cases involving radiological errors. Suzanne has a medical background having initially trained as a radiographer.