Criminalisation of unintentional error is not in the public interestBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1718 (Published 15 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1718
- David J Nicholl, consultant neurologist
- Department of Neurology, City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK
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.