NHS Facing £65bn Future Claims Bill
A bankruptcy looms over the NHS as medical negligence claims soar up to a predictable £65bn bill. Patients who have been victims of medical errors have costed the NHS a lot and these keep on increasing.
The NHS issue has led to health chiefs being very much concerned. Leaders in the NHS confederation, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges as well as the British Medical Association are now suggesting ways to control the disaster they see hitting the NHS.
According to the leaders, the ever-increasing cost of the medical negligence claims is already impacting what the NHS can offer. These leaders have even written to Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary David Gauke, urging for rapid reforms to the legal system.
As they wrote presenting their concern and requesting changes, they talked about an unsustainable soaring cost. To them, it means that lots of resources have been used elsewhere instead of being used more effectively, which they could have.
While these experts fully accept the need for reasonable compensation they believe something needs to be done to balance the expenses against what the society is able to pay. The money used for compensating negligence claims against the NHS could be spent on front line care according to the leaders. There are wider pressures on the healthcare system already, therefore, making a considerable effect on what the NHS can provide.
With the bankruptcy continuing to threaten, other specialists have also signed the letter to the authorities. These are the chief executives of the Medical Protection Society, the Family Doctor Associations, Medical Defence Union as well as the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland.
These professionals report expenses of up to £1.7bn on medical negligence claims the past year, which makes 1.5% of what is spent on front line health services. Since the 2010-2011 financial year, they added, this figure has doubled this year.
As per these experts, a staggering £65bn in expenses are predicted to be paid for the clinical negligence this year and in future accumulating from the financial year 2016-17. The estimate is actually taking into consideration the claims that have already been raised.
While writing to The Daily Telegraph, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Niall Dickson pointed out that it would take the NHS 13 years to pay everything of the extra Brexit money that Boris Johnson demanded of the current Liability.
Dickson also blamed the ‘disastrous effect’ on the change at which damages in personal injury cases are worked out. He explained that the impact further inflates payouts and felt a “fundamental reform” is needed.
There may be hope since ways to mitigate the predicted £65bn bill are already in place. There are plans to make the system fairer according to The Ministry of Justice. A spokesperson talked about a full compensation to all personal injury victims. He pointed that the costs, however, need proportioning. When explaining how this is guaranteed, the spokesperson talked about proposals that they have set out for a fairer method of setting the personal injury discount rate. At the same time, the office is requesting the Civil Justice Councils to have a look at the measures to control in medical negligence cases.