The changes are intended to reduce the amount of time claiming compensation takes and get patients their payments quicker.
(PRWEB UK) 5 September 2012
Healthcare seniors and doctors’ leaders have issued a warning about proposals to review the NHS compensation scheme in Scotland and have stated that the Scottish Government needs to make sure the changes do not end up costing the NHS additional money, as reported on industry news site OnMedica this week.
The Scottish Government has recently launched a consultation on ‘Recommendations for No-Fault Compensation in Scotland for Injuries Resulting from Clinical Treatment’. The changes are intended to reduce the amount of time claiming compensation takes and get patients their payments quicker.
The scheme will follow the blueprint set out by Sweden, where a no-blame process is adopted. This means that patients who have suffered injury, loss or damage as a result of healthcare treatment can access compensation without going through the courts.
It is hoped that the move will make it quicker and easier for patients to claim the compensation they deserve, and will also reduce the blame culture within the NHS, which currently discourages doctors from reporting accidents. The move intends to reduce the amount of time NHS departments have to spend administering claims, as well as reducing the need to spend precious NHS resources on expensive legal fees.
However, some doctors and healthcare professionals are concerned it could lead to more patients deciding to claim, as they will perceive it to be an easy route to cash, and the potential of paying out large sums of money to patients who would not have been compensated had the case gone to court.
Leading UK accident claim company, the Accident Advice Helpline, welcomed the consultation.
“It is always good to see governments willing to dedicate time and energy to reviewing the compensation process in the UK.” said a spokesperson. “Anything that aims to make it easier for victims to access the money they deserve should be seriously considered, and this consultation gives the Scottish government a good opportunity to hear every perspective on the proposals.”
UK residents who have suffered as a result of a medical accident or error can contact the accident claim company for help and advice. Their accident claim helpline is open 24/7 and their highly trained staff are ready to offer victims free and impartial accident compensation advice, whatever the situation.