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England’s clinical negligence system needs urgent reform, say medical organisations

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n551 (Published 24 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n551
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, and the Medical Defence Union (MDU) are seeking urgent reform of the clinical negligence system in England, which has seen the estimated bill for outstanding claims rise to an “unsustainable” £84bn (€97.7bn; $118.4bn).

The organisations made the call in a joint letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, with a copy sent to the health and social care secretary for England, Matt Hancock. The MDU has long campaigned for reform of the current system, whose burgeoning cost represents “the …

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