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NHS Resolution cautiously suggest £44 million Covid-19 negligence claim time-bomb
NHS Resolution cautiously suggest £44 million Covid-19 negligence claim time-bomb

3 Dec 2021

NHS Resolution cautiously suggest £44 million Covid-19 negligence claim time-bomb

When considering the ongoing fall-out and real legacy of Covid-19, it’s virtually impossible to forecast the numerous aspects it might encompass. However, that hasn’t stopped NHS Resolutions from anticipating potential outcomes in terms of the volume of clinical negligence claims which could ensue over the coming years.

With actual time frames equally challenging to determine in advance, that hasn’t stopped NHS Resolutions from sharing its belief that a storm of claims could need weathering as we move forward into the next phase of the pandemic. Estimating that collectively, general practices could shoulder a bill of over £44million in covid-related clinical negligence claims.


GPs cited in potential £44 million Covid negligence pay-out prediction

That ballpark figure alone roughly represents the percentage of would-be successful claims filed against NHS services here in the UK. From a speculated total new claims figure calculated to be in the region of £885 million. Broadly speaking, NHS Resolution understands that NHS Trusts will probably face negligence claims totalling some £665 million.

In other research carried out earlier this year, 4 in 5 GP’s admitted that they were worried about the prospect of investigations if patients had come to harm due to delayed clinical referrals or the absence of non-Covid-19 services during the UK’s national lockdowns.


Time will determine extent of NHS post-pandemic clinical negligence bill

Although NHS Resolutions stress that any figures remain what they describe as ‘broad estimates’ here and now, the fact of the matter is that clinical negligence claims derived from Covid-related situations will emerge.

Ascertaining the overall financial impact of Covid-19 in time for the publishing of its annual report is unfeasible, not least because according to the body it’s yet to receive any Covid-specific claim.

NHS Resolutions says that it could be several years down the line before any predicted clinical negligence figures are confirmed, citing how natural time lag between incidents taking place, and claims being forthcoming and settled will ultimately be pivotal.


Consideration of context should be taken into account

Conversely, NHS Resolutions has suggested that with a significant percentage of scheduled - and non-emergency - appointments and surgery being postponed during successive national lockdowns, could alternatively see markedly scaled back numbers of claims, once further patterns become apparent.

Again, approximate figures observing clinical negligence claims made against the NHS pointing towards a reduction of around £400 million.


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