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John Tingle

Patient rights and the cost of health litigation: you don't ‘win’ compensation

The economic argument is often used by those who are arguing for changes to our compensation system and litigation cost containment measures. The argument goes that the money paid out to those injured...

Clinical negligence and the blame, name, shame game

It is easy to agree with statements that we should encourage a no-blame culture in the NHS to greater facilitate openness, transparency and candour by healthcare staff. To develop a no-blame culture,...

The clinical negligence system reform debate is heating up

‘Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has questioned whether clinical negligence lawyers are blocking vital reforms because the status quo is too lucrative to change.’ .

Don't blame all patient safety errors on COVID-19

‘Aaron Cummins, whose trust serves patients in Lancashire and south Cumbria, wrote in an internal message to staff: “Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, many of our patients are still receiving...

Should we reform the clinical negligence system in 2022?

‘Ministers are working on a total overhaul of the “outdated” system of clinical negligence compensation within the NHS … the health and social care committee [was told] that a review of the system...

Patient safety and the law: looking back and looking forward

Poor and unsafe maternity care is a feature that stood out in 2021. Maternity care failings have dominated CQC reports and have featured in national media reports. The CQC has stated that there are...

The alarming gap between theory and practice in NHS patient safety

The first batch of level 1 and 2 learning materials are now available on the elearning for healthcare (elfh) platform for NHS staff to access. Level 1 is called ‘Essentials for patient safety’ and...

Keeping afloat in a sea of patient safety information: reform and patient views

‘Staff are struggling to cope with large volumes of safety guidance, they have little time and space to implement guidance effectively, and the systems and processes around them are not always...

Balancing the books or balancing the scales: what should drive reforms?

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) (2017), when discussing the increasing costs of clinical negligence claims, states:.

Moving beyond the rhetoric to a sustainable NHS patient safety culture

‘Approximately 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, around 6700 newborns die every day, amounting to 47% of all under-5 deaths. Moreover,...

The need to reflect, declutter, reappraise, reset and decolonise

A key issue is how best to deal with this kind of concept. One buzzword that has been doing the rounds for some time now is ‘decolonisation’, which seems to pervade vast areas of academic and...

Compensating for clinical negligence: the need to go back to basics

With clinical negligence litigation today, there is a much more cooperative, ‘cards on the table’ approach than formerly. As NHS Resolution annual reports show us each year, most clinical negligence...

Considering claims against the NHS

In 2020/21 NHS Resolution received 12 629 clinical negligence claims and reported incidents, compared with 11 678 in 2019/20. This represents an increase of 951 (7.5%). The total included 973 new...

The computer says no: AI, health law, ethics and patient safety

‘Fletchers, the largest UK medical negligence law firm, has teamed up with the University of Liverpool with the aim of creating a clinical negligence ‘robot lawyer’—in practice, a decision support...

The never-ending story of Never Events in the NHS

‘Never Events are defined as Serious Incidents that are wholly preventable because guidance or safety recommendations that provide strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national...

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