Not sure if I can do this but I will do my best. The disease is progressing and today I have had my medication pushed up to 300 ml of Ketamine and 275ml of Fentanyl to cope with the increase in pain, but I have just received this press release from Kate Tullet and I am so pleased – the publicity generated by my story in the national newspapers has born fruit and here is the press release.
From: “Tullett, Kate” <Kate.Tullett@medicalprotection.org>
Date: 13 July 2017 at 14:11:40 BST
To: “Tullett, Kate” <Kate.Tullett@medicalprotection.org>
Subject: MPS comment on NHS Resolution 2016/17 report on clinical negligence costs
Commenting on the 2016/17 NHS Resolution annual report into the cost of clinical negligence to the NHS (just published) –
Emma Hallinan, Director of Claims at the Medical Protection Society (MPS), said:
“While there has been a small but welcome reduction in the number of new clinical negligence claims, the cost of claims to the NHS continues to spiral with £1.7bn paid out during 2016/17. This is up from £1.5bn in 2015/16, and since 2010/11 spend has increased by a worrying 98%.
“It is important that there is reasonable compensation for patients harmed following clinical negligence, but a balance must be struck against society’s ability to pay. If the current trend continues the balance will tip too far and the cost risks becoming unsustainable.
“Legal reform is required to strike a balance between compensation that is reasonable, but also affordable – this includes the introduction of a limit on future care costs based on a tariff agreed by an expert group and fixed recoverable costs for claims up £250,000 to stop lawyers charging disproportionate fees. From the £1.7bn paid out in 2016/17, legal costs accounted for 37% of that bill.
“Given the pressure on the NHS and the change to the personal injury discount rate – which has significantly increased the NHS’ provisions for future clinical negligence costs – there has never been a more pressing time to tackle this issue, alongside continued work to enhance patient safety.”
Full NHS Resolution annual report: http://resolution.nhs.uk/annual-report-and-accounts-201617/
Brief NHS news article: www.nhsla.nhs.uk/CurrentActivity/Pages/News.aspx
MPS launched its Striking a Balance campaign in June, setting out a package of legal reforms to control the spiralling costs of clinical negligence and strike a balance between compensation that is reasonable, but also affordable. Find out more at www.medicalprotection.org/balance
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