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Clinical negligence: Doctors and managers must learn from litigation claims, say experts

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 07 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1165

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  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Doctors and managers should learn from clinical negligence claims in the same way that they learn from clinical incidents, experts have said.

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and NHS Resolution have published a best practice guide for clinicians and managers about learning from litigation claims,1 which in 2019-20 are expected to cost the NHS £8.3bn (€9.6bn; $11.5bn).

The guidance calls for clinical negligence claims to be discussed regularly in clinical staff …

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