SCIL Campaigns for Patient Safety

SCIL is campaigning against Department of Health proposals which could have a major impact on patient safety in England and Wales.

Plans to introduce FRC (Fixed Recoverable Costs) across Clinical Injury cases could see many patients lose out on compensation.

The plans could see many unable to get expert specialist legal advice from our members.

The Government has been using ‘questionable’ financial figures which have been challenged in Parliament to justify changes opposed by many political figures, by SCIL, by Avma which fights for patient rights and by senior members of the Judiciary.

If you are a member of the media please contact our campaign team on 01618394846 or 07816294055 or email kb@birdconsultancy.co.uk

SCIL believes the Government should abandon its plan and set up a high powered Working Party to fully review Patient Safety measures in England and Wales and how to avoid the delays, frustrations and unnecessary denials by the NHS Litigation Authority which increases costs, concerns and upset.

 

£56bn NHS COMPENSATION POT – THE SUNDAY PEOPLE JULY 2016

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-sets-aside-56-billion-8481673

 

No to Fixing Fees in Complex Clinical Negligence Cases

 

The Department of Health is preparing a consultation on proposals to introduce a cap on fees (so called Fixed Recoverable Fees – FRC) in clinical negligence cases.

The Government has claimed that such reforms could reduce the overall burden to taxpayers of excessive NHS compensation payouts.

We believe that while proposals to cap the fees charged by lawyers might seem appealing – it is in fact rather dangerous when it comes to complex cases of clinical negligence.

SCIL – The Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers – is campaigning against the introduction of a simplistic cap on fees, and urges the Department of Health to fundamentally examine how the overall system can be modified and improved without risking patient safety.

SCIL also calls for urgent and significant reform of the NHS Litigation Authority.

SCIL Chairman Steve Webber;

“The consequences of these proposed changes could be devastating to our specialist member firms, indeed threatening their very existence.  There is no doubt that this would lead to increased self-representation, clogging-up the courts and denying people access to justice.”

For further information please contact us – scil@graystons.co.uk.

 

In The News

 

£56bn NHS COMPENSATION POT – THE SUNDAY PEOPLE JULY 2016

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-sets-aside-56-billion-8481673

FAMILIES ‘GOING THROUGH HELL’ – THE SUNDAY PEOPLE JULY 2016

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/families-going-through-hell-due-8530901

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/voice-people-56-billion-nhs-8481735

 

Jamie Sparrow talks about the horrific moments when his baby son,Sebastian, died ‘twice’ in unexplained circumstances in an NHS hospital in London.

He is demanding answers which after one internal inquiry remain unresolved.

He fears that Government plans to fix the costs of claimant lawyers in medical negligence cases will block families from accessing justice and getting answers and potentially compensation.

Please watch the video below for more information and read more about the case of Sebastian’s family and others who fear that patient safety will be further compromised by these proposals on Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC).

Thank you for watching.