The answer to this question is “No”. You may think this is an irrelevant question and therefore pointless answer, but there is more to it than first seems. I shall explain.
Before the General Election the Government had made it clear that it was their intention to reduce the bill to the NHS arising out of clinical negligence claims. Not only did they want to reduce the legal fees but they hoped this would also cause a reduction in the number of valid claims. They were seeking to reduce an injured person’s access to justice by making it harder to pursue a claim.
This isn’t fair. So we like many other firms and charities campaigned against it. I wrote to three of our local MP’s setting out in some detail the effect of these changes on their constituents, inviting them to share their own views and asking which way they intended to vote. Only one replied. I wrote to the two major parties candidates in my own constituency, neither replied. It’s pretty clear to me that this issue is not all that important to them. It’s not a vote winner, which means the party in charge will usually get its own way.
The significance of the hung Parliament we now have is that changing the current system of compensating victims of medical negligence and making it harder to bring a claim may not be so high up on their list of priorities – they have bigger fish to fry.
This is good news for all those unfortunate enough to have been injured.
Hilton Armstrong – July 2017