Reports suggests that the recent scandals surrounding the NHS have resulted in an increase in negligence claims by 20% in just one year. Forecasts suggest the negligence bill will soon reach £19 billion – one fifth of the total NHS budget.
Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee said “The trend is really concerning. Some of this is about ambulance-chasing lawyers, but more than that I think this reflects problems with the quality of healthcare, and that is a major concern.”
We have found a significant increase in the number of people calling us to discuss malpractice and poor treatment through the NHS. Unless there is a significant change in protocol and practices at the NHS, these numbers look set to continue to rise.
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