" I would welcome any scheme that will speed up the process of providing compensation to cerebral palsy claimants. However, the devil is in the detail and I am concerned if the compensation awarded under this proposed scheme was significantly less than would be awarded by a Court through a civil claim.
Whilst such a scheme could be potentially beneficial in the short term I would be concerned that claimants would run out of funds in the long term leaving them far more reliant on state funding."
The NHS Litigation Authority says the compensation bill to the NHS for errors that occurred during birth rose from £393.2m in 2014/15 to £509.3m in 20105/16. The new scheme would work out cheaper for the NHS than the current route, in which cases are litigated by lawyers before they are settled in or out of court, often for millions of pounds each. Launching the scheme today, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will offer to fund the scheme's training programme to the tune of £8m, with at least £40,000 going to each NHS trust in England. A new £250,000 maternity safety innovation fund will pilot new ideas for improving care, while maternity ratings for every part of England - using data that already exists - will be published.