19 December 2016 1 Comment
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Royds Withy King welcomes official investigation into NHS £56 billion budget for compensation claims

The National Audit Office (NAO) have announced their intention to scrutinise why the NHS allocated £56 billion last year to fight clinical negligence claims  – almost half their annual budget and twice the amount that was allocated last year.

The NAO, responsible for helping the government to improve public services, will investigate the reasons behind the rising costs, the role the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) plays in managing these costs, and whether there has been a return on this investment.

This week the NAO will call on members of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL) for their support. Commenting on the investigation, Paul Rumley, a medical negligence partner at Royds Withy King and member of the SCIL, said: “We welcome the news that there will be a thorough review of the actions of the NHSLA and why their spend on clinical negligence claims is increasing. It would be interesting to know what proportion of the costs of these cases can be attributed to the NHSLA’s own inefficiencies. We have had many cases of our own where we have reported to the NHSLA themselves where their actions have unnecessarily increased the costs on claims, sometimes by tens of thousands of pounds.  It is to be hoped that the NAO asks to see those reports which the NHSLA holds.

“From our experience, there are many occasions when the NHSLA has dragged its heels in admitting liability, causing costs to escalate unnecessarily and heartache for the individuals and families involved.”

Paul added:  “It is also worth remembering that in a £100 billion+ per annum taxpayer-funded NHS, there should be accountability for what we receive from that healthcare system, and so patient safety is a critical element in all of this. I look forward to seeing the findings from the NAO when they report back to Parliament next summer.”



Photo caption: Paul Rumley, medical negligence expert and partner at Royds Withy King

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One comment on Royds Withy King welcomes official investigation into NHS £56 billion budget for compensation claims

  1. Posted by Gerry Ferguson on January 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    If the stats are the same as in my day they’re based on the assumption that all cases of which the NHSLA are notified are lost, valued at maximum damages and including both sides’ costs, whereas the reality is that most notifications do not proceed. It’s a typical insurers’ exaggeration to influence government policy in their favour to the detriment of negligently injured patients.
    Kind regards,


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