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Dr Rob Hendry: Six reforms will make real difference to management of clinical negligence cases

Sunday, 16th December 2019

"Dr Rob Hendry, medical director of the Medical Protection Society (MPS), sets out the medical profession’s perspective on Mr Justice Charles Meenan’sexpert group on tort reform and the management of clinical negligence claims.

In 2018 the State Claims Agency paid out nearly €270 million in compensation following clinical negligence claims – an increase of 7.5 per cent from 2017. A further €39.1 million was paid out for plaintiff legal costs.

High legal fees are the norm in Ireland, in fact they are higher than all the other countries around the world where the Medical Protection Society (MPS) supports members. Significant delays in resolving claims are often responsible for inflating legal costs, and the current court rules can be easily exploited to accommodate delays."

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Language: English
Contact: Dr Rob Hendry

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