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Letters Criminalisation of unintentional error

Criminalisation of unintentional error is not in the public interest

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 15 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1718
  1. David J Nicholl, consultant neurologist
  1. Department of Neurology, City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK
  1. david.nicholl{at}

Ameratunga and colleagues call for legal reform akin to New Zealand.1 I agree, but we should be under no illusion of the huge blocks to progress. The cost of medical negligence claims went up 30% in a year to £2.2bn in 2017-18.2 Spending this staggering sum of money on litigation hinders change.

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