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Response to National Audit Office report and recommendations for managing the costs of clinical negligence in trusts

06 Sep 2017
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APIL president Brett Dixon said:

“Learning from avoidable harm is crucial to reducing the cost of negligence for the NHS and we welcome the National Audit Office’s acknowledgement of this in its recommendations. APIL has called for better data collection and co-ordination for years so that repeated harm can be prevented and opportunities for learning are not lost. We are just starting to see the impact of cuts to legal costs which will continue to streamline claimant costs significantly. But more savings could be made with co-operation on both sides to avoid unnecessary delays and additional work, rather than simply slashing claimant lawyers’ costs further or denying injured patients full compensation. In cases where fixed costs could be workable, the costs should be set to reflect a better procedure. Meanwhile, the NHS needs to put its house in order. 39 per cent of negligence claims are the result of harm caused by needless delays in diagnosis or treatment and more than twice a week someone has a foreign object left inside of them, including broken drill bits, surgical needles, swabs, and bags used for the retrieval of specimen. Let’s not forget that the overriding concern here should be the cost in human misery.”

Past statements and comments

Civil Liability Bill debate on whiplash reform in the House of Lords - reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), 13 Jun 2018
Reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to the Justice Select Committee report on increasing the small claims limit for personal injury (17 May 2018), 17 May 2018
Fixed costs for personal injury claims against the NHS: APIL response, 15 Feb 2018
MoJ decides on April 2019 to implement whiplash reforms, 12 Feb 2018
APIL's response to the Justice Select Committee report , 30 Nov 2017
APIL's reaction to a court of appeal ruling in relation to eligibility for bereavement damages, 28 Nov 2017
Rapid resolution and redress scheme , 28 Nov 2017
Reaction to Government's response to consultation on setting the discount rate, 07 Sep 2017

More past statements

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