Society has come to expect a pay-out should something go wrong. Why is it always somebody’s fault?
Last year the NHS paid out nearly £1.6 billion in compensation for medical negligence. How may nurses could that have funded? Some NHS Trusts are already spending 4% of their income on clinical negligence and the National Audit Office suggests that this could become the norm! Legal costs made up more than a third of the overall NHS negligence bill over the last five years. There are plans to cap lawyers’ fees, but will this affect a patient’s ability to access justice at a reasonable cost?