Fair compensation

Billions of pounds are haemorrhaging out of the NHS in clinical negligence damages awards. 

This is putting an unsustainable strain on the NHS and affects us all - as medical professionals, as patients and as tax payers.

We are taking action - join us

The MDU is campaigning for legal reforms to ensure that in future, compensation payments to patients will remain fair, but also be proportionate and affordable.

Our aims include: 

  • Reform of how compensation awards are calculated
  • Caps on the level of damages awarded for future care
  • Damages for loss of earnings capped at three times the national average salary per year.

Read more about the campaign



NHS under strain from rocketing clinical negligence costs

The MDU has pointed out that the amount paid out by NHS Resolution in compensating patients through its clinical negligence schemes in 2018/19 could have funded over fifteen million MRI scans or 112,000 liver transplants.

Read our response to NHS resolution's annual report



Dr Christine Tomkins takes part in BBC Radio 4 debate

Is a growing compensation culture threatening to bankrupt the NHS and what can be done about it?  

These are questions asked by Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4's Unreliable Evidence when Dr Christine Tomkins, Chief Executive of the MDU took part in a radio debate about the matter. Dr Tomkins argued that urgent legal reform is needed to compensate patients fairly but stem the flow of money out of the NHS.  

Listen to the full debate

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The campaign

The campaign

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