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Parliament is conflicted about what to do about the £8 million bill the government paid for clinical negligence in 2004. Just eight years earlier the tab for healthcare mishap compensation stood at £3.5 million.
The Scottish National Party deputy leader, Nicola Sturgeon, advocates for a no fault system like the one currently be considered in England and she was reported by the BBC as saying, “That would be a far better way of dealing with accidents and mistakes in the NHS than paying lawyers vast amounts of money to defend cases in court”. The legal bill for theses negligence cases for the last twelve months stood at £1.8 million.
Government says that they have investigated a no fault system and have found that it will not work in Scotland. Health spokeswoman Dr Nanette Milne told the BBC that, “Far from saving money it is likely to lead to far more compensation claims, would still involve long arguments about levels of compensation and would merely deal with the consequences rather than the causes of mistakes and negligence”.