Since 1995, the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has been the body that deals with the defence of Medical Negligence Claims made against the NHS.
On 21 March 2017 the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the NHSLA would rebrand itself as NHS Resolution and “radically change its focus from simply defending NHS litigation claims to the early settlement of cases, learning from what goes wrong and the prevention of errors”.
Few further details were offered by the Health Secretary so quite what this means, in reality, for patients who have been harmed due to negligent treatment is not known at present. The aim seems to be to keep more claims from progressing to court by promoting early settlement and to look at other ways of seeking redress such as Alternative Dispute Resolution and no fault resolution.
David Hawkins, a clinical negligence lawyer at Verisona comments ' I hope that the rebrand brings a change to the way these cases are handled and managed by the NHS. Only time will tell as to whether the chnage of name also brings a change of attitude.'
At Verisona Law we welcome any improvements in the way the NHS addresses medical negligence claims, which at times can be unnecessarily dragged out by the NHSLA, even in clear cut cases, with all the worry and uncertainty this can cause. It is too early, however, to tell whether this rebranding is likely to be a case of there being nothing new under the sun for patients harmed by their own doctors when what is needed is a comprehensive overhaul in the system to make it fairer and easier for patients seeking redress.
If you, or a loved one, have been affected by medical negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.