Litigation in maternity care is rising, says National Audit Office

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 08 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6737
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A fifth of all funding for maternity services in England, or around £700 (€840; $1125) of the total £3700 per birth, is now spent on clinical negligence cover, the National Audit Office has said.1 The figure is described as “absolutely scandalous” by Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

The NAO’s report said that litigation in maternity care was rising: the number of claims rose by 80% in the five years to 2012-13. Trusts …

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