Although these statistics are from the United States it is interesting to note that the researchers said that many deaths and medical errors were the results of complex systems rather than by mistakes made by individuals in the United Kingdom as well.
John Hall, Head of the Personal Injury Team here at Tilly, Bailey & Irvine says, "the government are making it more and more difficult to pursue claims through the courts and that this may make hospital trusts less vigilant if claims no longer eat into their budgets."
The budget for the NHS in England for 2015/16 is £116.4 billion and it is believed that 26% of the fund was set aside for medical negligence claims.
Last year British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described avoidable deaths in hospitals as the “biggest scandal in global healthcare”. It is estimated that 3.6 per cent of deaths in hospitals in England are avoidable, equating to about 150 deaths a week.