NHS Negligence Claims, Payouts and Costs
BBC News recently published an article with the headline “Curb rising NHS negligence payouts, health leaders urge”
The article states that, 'Health leaders have written to Justice Secretary David Gauke urging him to reform the payout system for negligence claims against the NHS in England.’
In the letter to David Gauke it mentions that, ‘the NHS in England spent £1.7bn on clinical negligence claims last year.’
A significant amount of the spend quoted in this article will be on legal fees for Law Firms. What is most important is managing the whole sphere which is both the damages and the legal costs and at LHQ we provide that Software Service alongside an associated process and performance consultancy to make this possible. The LHQ system works for buyers of legal services and with providers of legal services. It provides transparency and management of legal costs and case level transactions resulting in the ability to influence case handling and improve decision making.
Working collaboratively to secure the best service at an optimum price has to be the future for establishments like the NHS. LHQ’s software can provide the NHS with access to the information needed to drive the solution by gaining visibility and transparency to achieve efficiency and productivity gains.
Driving efficiency of case handling will not just result in a saving in Defendant Legal Costs but also Claimant Legal Costs where the NHS have limitations on how they can successfully reduce these. A clear way to do this is through helping and understanding how their own panel law firms can become more efficient and start to build a picture of the claimant legal costs so that the panel firms can make more informed decisions and take action to prevent both sides’ legal costs from escalating.
Negligence claims are a fact of life but controlling costs is an achievable goal and will free up much needed expenditure for more critical services.
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See full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42913396