National claims database belongs to NHS as a wholeBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7269.1157 (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1157
- Kieran Walshe, senior research fellow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2RT
EDITOR—Fenn et al provide a useful analysis of the growing costs of clinical negligence to the NHS.1 They might, however, not have had to restrict their research to data from Oxfordshire's local database of clinical negligence if the NHS was making proper use of data from its national database of claims.
Since its establishment in 1995, the NHS litigation authority has been responsible for managing both the clinical negligence scheme for trusts, which …