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|30 Jan 2018, 3:09 p.m.||John Baron (Conservative - Basildon and Billericay)||John Baron (Conservative - Basildon and Billericay)|
Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average hourly rate paid to lawyers instructed by the NHS in medical negligence claims is.
Answered by Steve Barclay - Chief Secretary to the Treasury
NHS Resolution is responsible for managing clinical negligence claims against the National Health Service and it contracts with a panel of legal firms. NHS Resolution has supplied the following information on the rates paid under the panel contract.
A new panel contract was put in place in May 2017. Pre-May 2017 rates continue to apply where the instruction was received before May 2017 and the case is still active.
NHS Resolution has advised that Panel Lawyers are paid the same rate whether they win a case or not. Fixed/capped fees are applied on a number of cases in litigation to ensure cases are not prolonged.
Performance indicators including time to resolution and legal costs are monitored for all panel firms as part of the contract management arrangements. Defence costs are monitored very carefully on a monthly basis and immediate steps are taken with the relevant firm under the contractual agreement with them to ensure that costs do not escalate.
The Department oversees NHS Resolution’s performance through its sponsorship arrangements. This includes formal accountability reviews between senior departmental officials and the leadership of NHS Resolution.
General practitioners’ and dentists’ indemnity to cover clinical negligence payments is currently provided privately by Medical Defence Organisations. The Department does not have access to this information regarding primary care and dentistry.