NHS faces increase of £500m in clinical negligence liabilityBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7344.997/a (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:997
- Susan Mayor
The total liability for clinical negligence for the NHS increased to a total of £4.4bn ($6.4; €7.2bn)—an increase of £500m on the previous year—the summarised accounts for 2000-1 reported this week.
The National Audit Office's report—NHS Summarised Accounts 2000-2001—warned that the reported total liability for clinical negligence was continuing to increase, although at a reduced rate compared with previous years.
It suggested that a key cause of the increase was increased legal awards to fund the costs of future care for patients winning clinical negligence cases, which required a reassessment of the level of provision needed.
The report noted: “Meeting the liabilities for clinical negligence continues to be a major challenge …