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Brain damage claims could hit £24m a year
[Posted: Thu 14/06/2001 www.irishhealth.com]
One of the main bodies which insures doctors here against lawsuits has today defended its decision to increase malpractice fees for obstetricians to over £390,000 a year from July.
As exclusively revealed by irishhealth.com at the weekend, insurance fees are facing a near six fold increase. The development is likely to lead to higher charges for childbirth.
In a letter to Irish obstetricians-gynaecologists, explaining the dramatic move, the Medical Defence Union's chief executive, Dr Michael Saunders today said that there is a potential for 20 claims of brain damage a year from cerebral palsy alone here.
The MDU said that 'in the absence of any clear solution to the litigation crisis' and despite discussions with the Department of Health on the issue, fees would have to rise from the current £68,665 to £393,000 from July.
According to figures, with 54,000 births here each year, the MDU said there is the potential in just one year for cerebral palsy cases claims to hit a total value of £24 million.
The MDU said that the problem was the small pool of doctors to fund payments for awards in a climate where there is a high frequency and size of claims.
There are over 100 consultant obstetricians in Ireland.
|Anonymous Posted: 14/06/2001 19:18|
|This is the end of private obstetrics! A doctor will have to make £7,500 per week before he starts seeing patients. There ain't no such animal. In the public sector,the obstetrician wiil have to pay £3,250 per month before he is allowed turn up to work to collect his take-home pay of £4,000. And,if this isn't bad enough,the insurance companies are about to declare a vast sweep of Ireland's small maternity units "uninsurable". Time to get out the home self-delivery book! There is no doubt but we have a great Department of Health!|
|Lucille Posted: 20/06/2001 21:58|
|When I first saw this Topic Brain damage claims could hit £24m a year, I got very interested. Why? you may ask. Because Mobile Phones came to my mind. I believe that a health warning should be on them. It is on Tobacco. Time will tell . Who agrees with me?|
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