Dr. Jock Mackenzie speaks to the Procurement & Outsourcing Journal on the lessons to be learned from private sector failings in NHS hospitals.

“Until both the public and private health sectors truly come to terms with what is actually required to minimise avoidable injuries… there will remain an important role for clinical negligence litigation” says Mackenzie.

Talking specifically about the privatisation disaster at Hinchingbrooke hospital and the exit of Circle after three years of a ten year contract, Mackenzie recognises that the number of clinical negligence claims would be lower if the government spent more time focusing on reducing patient care fiascos.

With more clinical negligence cases against the NHS, the government introduced reforms in April 2013 to civil and clinical litigation in attempt to save money on their own legal costs. “Perhaps some costs will be saved by the legal reforms, but the real effect on clinical negligence has been, and will continue to be, the reduction or prevention of access to justice and proper redress for all but the most financially valuable of such claims” says Mackenzie. 

Now that the NHS is under extreme budget restraints and public scrutiny over privatisation involvement, especially in the lead up to the election next week, providing care to patients in the first place must remain a priority. Not only would this appear to be politically and economically sound, but it would also reduce the number of clinical negligence claims, suggests Mackenzie.

Clinical negligence cases can be complex and Jock’s medical and legal understanding give him an advantage with the forensic analyses and intellectual challenges where the law and science meet. If you would like to talk to Jock please email him or 0207 940 4060.