McCarthy says Health Minister must make changes to reduce negligence costs

Alliance Health spokesperson Kieran McCarthy MLA has called on the Health Minister to ensure that changes are made to cut down on the bill for negligence costs. His comments follow an Audit report that found that £116 million has been spent in the past five years on negligence claims.

Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I think everybody has been shocked that such a large amount of money has been spent on negligence claims in the past five years.

“With growing pressures on our health service and increasing waiting lists, I am sure that this money could have been better spent.

“I think the Health Minister must urgently look at this report and see what changes he can make to cut down on these claims. Is this bill so high because of genuine mistakes, a lack of training, too much pressure on staff or poor equipment? I am sure that by looking at the cause of these negligence claims the Minister will be able to drastically reduce these costs.”


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