Clinical negligence costs: taking action to safeguard NHS sustainability.
Yau, Christopher Wai Hung
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
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Yau, C. W. H., Leigh, B., Liberati, E., Punch, D., Dixon-Woods, M., & Draycott, T. (2020). Clinical negligence costs: taking action to safeguard NHS sustainability.. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 368 m552. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m552
The NHS paid £2.4bn (€2.8bn; $3.1bn) in clinical negligence claims in 2018-19, according to NHS Resolution (formerly the NHS Litigation Authority).1 This sum equates to about 2% of the entire budget for the NHS in England (roughly £115bn). But even these startling figures do not provide the full picture, since NHS Resolution also has to account for claims likely to be received in the future. Now standing at £83.4bn, the amount “set aside” for such claims is among the most substantial public sector financial liabilities faced by the UK government,2 second only to nuclear decommissioning (£131bn).3
Humans, Liability, Legal, Malpractice, Costs and Cost Analysis, Risk Management, State Medicine, United Kingdom
DP, EL, and MDW are supported by the Health Foundation’s grant to the University of Cambridge for The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute. MDW is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) senior investigator (NF-SI-0617-10026).
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m552
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