Clinical negligence claims against GPs and doctors rose last year

By Gillian Crotty

The number of medical negligence claims against GPs and hospital doctor in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK increased by 22 per cent last year according to figures from the medical defence organisation.

The MDDUS is calling on the government to push through a £100,000 cap on clinical negligence fees, which was announced last year but has yet to be implemented. Chief executive of MDDUS, Chris Kenny, says the measure would reduce costs on lower value compensation claims, where the legal costs can be significantly higher than the compensation awarded to the injured patient.

Mr Kenny believes that the current system has "perverse incentives" for claimants, and says a cap on legal costs would lower the number of weaker medical negligence claims being pursued.

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