MDDUS welcomes PAC report and urges Government to tackle drivers of increasing costs

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Friday, 1 December 2017

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee’s report Managing the costs of clinical negligence in hospital trusts, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said:

“The committee is right on the money in urging a joined-up response from Government. We welcome the fact that they are setting a strict timetable for this and hope Government will also set out clear timetables and deliver them in a way that it has failed to do thus far on key areas such as reform of fixed recoverable costs.

“We urge Government to tackle the drivers of increasing costs by reforming the law of tort and cost reform. In the absence of this, any other proposals, however welcome to individual groups, simply shuffle the deckchairs on the Titanic, rather than explode the growing negligence iceberg.

“We also welcome the report’s views on having an open attitude and early action on legitimate claims.”

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For further information contact Richard Hendry on 0333 0434444 or 07976 272266, or email rihendry@mddus.com.

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MDDUS (The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) is a medical and dental defence organisation providing access to professional indemnity and expert medico- and dento-legal advice for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK.