Our clients, who are already injured through no fault of their own, feel the impact of the the NHS dragging out claims unnecessarily on almost every case.
I hope the NAO investigation highlights where changes can be made, for the benefit of all involved.
The NHS spent £1.5billion last year settling clinical negligence claims with projections that lawsuits worth another £56billion are already in the pipeline. The Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers criticised the vast spend and blamed a culture of “defend, deny and delay”. The organisation estimates the NHS is losing 76 per cent of the cases that they take to court, which not only adds to its legal bills but also “piles on the agony” for devastated patients and families. It believes the NHS has been dragging “indefensible” cases through the courts, gathering substantial costs, rather than putting its hands up and admitting mistakes quickly and paying out money to desperate patients. Chairman Steve Webber said: “This NAO inquiry is long overdue and critical for the safety of patients in the country."