In March 2019 The National Audit Office warned that the NHS waiting times could result in an increase in clinical negligence claims.
In a report, “NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment”, the NAO notes that the elective care waiting list grew from 2.7 million to 4.2 million between March 2013 and November 2018. The number waiting more than 18 weeks grew from 153,000 to 528,000, while, the number of people treated each month increased from 1.2 million to 1.3 million.
The report states: ‘Long waiting times may lead to an increased risk of more negligence claims against the NHS,’…. ‘Almost 40% of such negligence claims against the NHS are related to failures or delays in diagnosis or treatment.’
‘Damages were paid in 56% of these cases, at a total cost of some £600m.’
Our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence solicitors have many years of experience dealing with clinical negligence claims. If you have had a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis or would like to consider a claim, contact Domini David or Julian Monk on 01932 234500 for a telephone conversation or a free, preliminary meeting.