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

Analysis of the Covid-19 related claims we are handling reveals a slightly different picture to our inquest work. Delays to non-Covid treatment is the leading type of claim against NHS Trusts to date, followed by Hospital-Acquired Covid (HAC) and failure to treat Covid appropriately. NHS England’s policy decision to suspend all non-urgent elective NHS surgery in March 2020 had a significant knock-on effect on treatment delays. Private hospitals stepped in to help, so could face HAC claims themselves, although we have seen none so far. The central issue in claims for HAC is likely to be one of causation. We understand that ATE insurers are grappling with this issue when deciding whether to offer cover for Covid claims.

What this means for you: Infection control policies and procedures will be at the crux of HAC cases. Healthcare organisations should already be preserving and collating this core evidence for the Public Inquiry.

Medical Malpractice Forward View 2022 

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