MPs blame 'defensive' NHS culture for spiralling claims costs

01 December 2017

Health bosses have created a culture which is costing the taxpayers millions in clinical negligence claims every week, MPs report today.  The Public Accounts Committee says it has identified a ‘prevailing attitude of defensiveness’ from NHS trusts which has helped to quadruple clinical negligence costs from £400m in 2006/07 to £1.6bn in 2016/17.

MPs on the committee said the government needs to be bolder to address issues within the health service which cause negligence in the first place. NHS trusts were accused of adding to the cost of claims through under-investment and a reluctance to admit mistakes when they are made.

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