Compensation Culture? What Compensation Culture?

On 7th September 2017 two interesting papers were published. Both bear close scrutiny.

‘Managing the costs of clinical negligence in trusts’ prepared by the National Audit Office indicates that:

1. the number of new claims alleging clinical negligence has reduced slightly over the last three years.

‘Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales, April to June 2017 (provisional)’ produced by the Ministry of Justice reveals that;

2. compared to the same quarter in 2016 unspecified money claims for personal injury have fallen by 4% and

3. unspecified money claims (of which about 95% are claims for personal injury) have generally been decreasing since a peak in January to March 2013

The comment you are most unlikely to read anywhere in the popular press is the following (relating to claims for alleged clinical negligence), also from the NAO report:

“less than 4% of people experiencing a harmful incident will make a claim”.

Think about that. Fewer than 1 in 20 experiencing a harmful incident will make a claim. The British stiff upper lip remains firmly in place.