The Department of Health and Social Care is working jointly with the Ministry of Justice, the Treasury, Cabinet Office, NHS Resolution and others, to respond to the challenge from the NAO in their ‘Managing the Costs of Clinical Negligence in Trusts’ report to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs. We are looking at all the drivers of costs, as challenged by the NAO, and a wide range of options are being considered. We will update the House when we are in a position to do so.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is expected to report shortly on proposals to extend fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases up to £25,000 damages. The Government will consult before implementing any extension of FRC following the CJC report.