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Childbirth Errors Constitutes a Big Part of NHS £60Million Medical Negligence Bill

In the last three years, the National Health Service (NHS) has expended more than £60 million as medical negligence claims. The total annual bill for medical malpractice was £1.04bn in 2010-2011 which is much higher than the £770million disbursed in 2009-2010. More than half the amount was run up by errors done in gynecology and obstetrics. The medical departments in charge of childbirth, infertility treatment and hysterectomy operations have been held responsible for £34.6 million of the compensation claims. Besides the £34.6 million in childbirth and gynecology-related errors, the NHS paid out £4.3million for mistakes in general surgery. According to the figures acquired by the Tories, a huge amount of £ 4.1 million was given to individuals who suffered due to the negligence of dietetics departments.

According to the expert medical negligence solicitors, it is now easy to file lawsuits and demand clinical negligence compensation. The present generation patients have a good knowledge of their rights and are more enthusiastic in seeking legal redress when something is wrong. The courts have also raised the amount of compensation it grants to the poor victims who win medical negligence cases. The UK government has realized the need to curtail the increasing cost of clinical negligence claims and proposed a plan to trash medical malpractice legal aid. But charitable organizations like The Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) has opposed the plan and termed the government’s endeavor as “baseless”.

Mary Scanlon, a Tory health spokeswoman, stated that the health departments should impose rules and regulations to ensure that female patients, especially the would-be moms, get the top-quality treatment, care and support they need to deliver a healthy baby. She asserts that all health should take the initiative to review their protocol and training programs to figure out why there are no many compensation claims in the domain. Scanlon requested the hospitals to take proper measures to reduce the instances of child birth errors.

Now, the question is: Will the compensation amounts for clinical negligence drop in the coming years? Possibly no, at least most medical negligence solicitors believe so. Professor Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer for England, is reviewing medical negligence procedures to bring out a White Paper adumbrating some proposed changes to reduce the medical negligence claims. He is believed to introduce a “no-fault” compensation scheme or a fixed fees strategy to hold back the NHS medical negligence bill.