MPS calls for fixed recoverable costs on clinical negligence claims up to £250,000

Urgent reform of clinical negligence compensation and associated legal costs is needed to avoid ‘exacerbating an already challenging situation’ for the health service, campaigners have said.

The NHS spent £1.5bn on claims last year, which the Medical Protection Society equates to the cost of training over 6,500 new doctors. Legal costs were said to account for 34 per cent of 2015/16’s bill.

The group said spend increased by 72 percent over the five years – an average 11.5 per cent increase...

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