It seems that it is not just England that is struggling to maintain an appropriate level of service in the NHS. Wales has recently reported a doubling in medical negligence payouts totalling £38m.
Reports suggest that an increase in the amount of cerebral palsy sufferers caused by childbirth injuries has played a major part in the increase.
The way the Welsh NHS pays out compensation has changed for cerebral palsy. Now, victims are being paid every year rather than a large upfront payment. This has lead to great overall payments over time.
To find out more about this report, see the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19324996
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), a regulator whose job is to inspect hospitals and care homes, has recently been found to have covered up a report that exposed how it had failed to uncover serious problems at the maternity unit at Morecambe Bay hospital.
The CQC has been surrounded by controversy from the start, and the latest report suggests that senior managers ordered the destruction of the report and tried to force the whistle-blowers out of their jobs.
This is another example of NHS negligence and the ensuing cover up that is bound to lead to patients questioning the level of care that they received, not just at Morecambe Bay hospital, but at any NHS clinic nationwide.
You can read more about this report at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/10130086/Our-faith-in-the-NHS-is-eroding-fast.html
A recent report suggests that the costs are mounting for clinical negligence claims and that the NHS could faces a bill of up to £15.7bn. This is a huge burden on the already stretched budget funded by UK tax payers.
The NHS and politicians are trying to pass the blame onto the legal profession, suggesting that No Win No Fee lawyers encourage people to make claims. However, the real reason for the spiraling costs surely lies in the ever deteriorating service that the NHS provides for its patients.
Read more about this topic at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9065534/NHS-facing-15.7bn-for-rising-number-of-clinical-negligence-claims.html