Hospital scandals lead to a 20% rise in medical negligence claims

Over the last year the number of medical/professional negligence claims against the NHS has risen by 20%. It is predicted that the bill for the government will soon reach £19million, following the 16,000 claims that have been made. While some argue that a rise in figures such as these are a result of “ambulance chasing” lawyers, Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee puts some of the blame on the poor quality of the NHS and the care it provides. Others argue that the public has become less tolerant around poor service and refuse to ignore failings and their only recourse is to take legal action. Patients often want more of an explanation around their circumstance and what went wrong, however this breakdown in communication often leads to patients taking legal action. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.  Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with professional negligence solicitors in London  and across the country