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[Editorial] Medical negligence: there are no winners

26 May 2018

Medical negligence costs in the UK National Health Service (NHS) are reaching new unsustainable heights. Earlier this month, a 9-year-old girl was awarded a settlement that could amount to over £19 million (US$25 million) after she was born with severe jaundice, resulting in brain injury. The NHS spent £1·8 billion on negligence claims in the 2017–18 financial year and the annual cost has doubled since 2010. Estimated total liabilities for 2017–18—the cost facing the NHS if all claims against it were successful—is £65·1 billion, up from the 2015–16 estimate of £56·4 billion.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet