This article is published as part of Capsticks’ Medical Malpractice Forward View 2022.

The government has published its long-awaited response to the Paterson Inquiry Report.

Much of the response deals with work that is already in progress, for example: the work of the Acute Data Alignment Programme in respect of collection of consultant performance data and CQC inspection framework updates on multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working.

During the coming year we will see the government:

  • commission the production of independent information to make people aware of the way that private care is organised differently to NHS care
  • extend its 2018 consultation on appropriate clinical negligence cover for regulated healthcare professionals to consider the Inquiry’s recommendation to reform the regulation of indemnity products and introduce a nationwide safety net to ensure patients are not disadvantaged
  • draft legislation in relation to regulation and the duty of healthcare regulators to co-operate

The government has not accepted / is keeping under review:

  • automatic suspension of any healthcare practitioner perceived to be a risk following hospitals investigation; and
  • the need for agreed recommendations to be implemented across the entire independent sector (private, insured and NHS funded) for the providers to qualify for NHS contracts.

What this means for you: From an organisational perspective the key to learning from Paterson remains the need for increased governance from ‘Ward to Board’ and addressing organisational culture to encourage open discussion of concerns and ensure accountability. Read our Insight on learning from the Paterson Inquiry.

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