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Litigation culture bleeds NHS

A report published by the Centre for Policy Studies reveals that payouts made by the NHS have trebled over the past decade to more than £1.3bn a year, The Telegraphreports.

The authors say that a steady growth in the culture of litigation is "bleeding public services dry", with people falsely believing "no such thing as an accident".

The report says that the result of this is that doctors are increasingly doing what ittakes to "cover their backs" rather than ensure the best care for their patients.

As of March, the NHS Litigation Authority estimated its potential liabilities for outstanding clinical negligence claims at £18.6bn, with authorities choosing to settle most claims out of court to limit the amount they have to pay.