Clinical negligence claims in oral and maxillofacial surgery over the last 10 years.

Ahmed, A, McGoldrick, D M and Elledge, R (2021) Clinical negligence claims in oral and maxillofacial surgery over the last 10 years. The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery. ISSN 1532-1940.

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According to NHS Resolution, the cost of harm from clinical activity in the last year was £8.3 billion. The steady increase in litigation within the National Health Service (NHS) has led to concerns being raised regarding the sustainability of the NHS, the increasing practice of defensive medicine, and the psychological impact on healthcare professionals. To our knowledge, litigation within oral and maxillofacial surgery has not been investigated in the UK since 2010, therefore our aims were to identify the trends within our specialty and the common reasons for negligence claims over the last 10 years. A freedom of information request was made to NHS Resolution for all clinical negligence claims from 2010 to 2020. A total of 1,122 claims were registered and the total for damages paid was £32,631,131. The claims were categorised by the primary injury and further divided into groups of cause codes. Four types of primary injury comprised 65.4% (n = 734) of all negligence claims and were as follows: additional or unnecessary operations (n = 313, 27.9%), unnecessary pain (n = 156, 13.9%), nerve damage (n = 139, 12.4%), and dental damage (n = 126, 11.2%). The damages associated with nerve damage were the costliest, with a total of £8,033,737 being paid. The significant increase in the number and cost of clinical negligence claims is concerning. The lessons from these claims must be shared and implemented to reduce the burden on the NHS, and ensure that we are providing a high quality of care with improved patient outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WU Dentistry. Oral surgery
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 15:16
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 15:16

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