Compensation culture and litigation in NHS

Several letters to the Times address the topic of medical negligence litigation. Solicitor Dr Anthony Barton says paying NHS lawyers £200 an hour regardless of outcome incentivises “delay, deny, defend” behaviour while Brett Dixon, President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, adds that “there is a profound need for the NHS to overhaul its approach and attitude towards patient care…To avoid being sued is the wrong incentive.” Finally, Frank Field MP says perhaps patients should be required to take out a form of social insurance policy if they want to sue the NHS.

The Times, Page: 28

Posted 06/02/2019