Critical issues

Critical issues 1

Claims inflation is rising 8% a year - faster than wage, house or retail price inflation.

£3123 per tax payer

NHS Resolution's liabilities for known and future claims were estimated at £83.4 billion on 31 March 2019 - a cost of £3,123 per English taxpayer.

Claims inflation UK vs US

Damages awards in England are higher than most countries in the world, including many US states.

Future claims liabilities

Future claims liabilities

NHS treatment compensation

NHS treatment compensation

The percentage amount of survey respondents who thought the NHS' multi-billion liabilities were higher than expected.


Other countries, including the USA and Australia, have experienced similar uncontrollable rises. In some US states, doctors stopped practising because they could not afford indemnity cover.

These countries addressed the problem with law reform, which is the solution the Medical Defence Union proposes for England.