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NHS Compensation

Comment 9th July 2010

The suing of doctors and NHS Trusts should be stopped. The country would save billions in insurance payments. The system is being abused and trusts are paying out to save litigation costs. The few genuine really serious complaints that do require compensation should be able to apply via an ombudsman to a Government Fund which would only need to be a fraction of the current cost to the tax-payer.

This idea came from the US and would not have been passed into English law if common sense had prevailed. One can't help feeling that the fact that many MPs are also working in the law may have something to do with it.

Solicitors should also be prevented from placing adverts that encourage the public to complain.

Why does this matter?

1. It would make a significant saving to the NHS.

2. It would send out a signal that we no longer wish to be a 'blame society'.

3. It would leave more money for healthcare.

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