Written evidence submitted by Dr T Derry (NLR0025)


I am a general practitioner and have worked for the NHS for 20 years and have concerns about the increasing cost of litigation from the NHS budget.


Thank you for recognising that there is a big and increasing problem with NHS litigation.

I believe that changing as soon as possible to a New Zealand style no-fault compensation for treatment injury1 rather than our current US style compensation for clinical negligence would have significant benefits for the UK:

Dr T. Derry (General Practitioner)


1)      https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/journal-article/2006/feb/no-fault-compensation-new-zealand-harmonizing-injury

2)      https://resolution.nhs.uk/2021/07/15/nhs-resolution-publishes-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2020-21/ - 599.5 million figure comes from 151.4m + 448.1m figures which can be seen on page 43

3)      https://resolution.nhs.uk/2021/07/15/nhs-resolution-publishes-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2020-21 -on page 18

4)      https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/247399/1113.pdf - on page 12

Oct 2021