Survey reveals public support for NHS to be shielded from COVID-19 litigation

23 June 2020
2 min read

What’s more only 7% of respondents disagreed with this, according to the survey, which was carried out by Savanta Comres* on behalf of the Medical Defence Union (MDU).

As more dental services resume, the DDU, is calling for the government to take action to stop the NHS being overwhelmed by an avalanche of negligence claims over the next few years.  

John Makin, head of the DDU, said: 'We know the public has enormous respect for the sacrifices healthcare professionals have made during the pandemic. Millions have been showing their support by clapping for carers and keyworkers every Thursday and the NHS Charities Together appeal has raised an amazing £100 million in just six weeks. However, we are fearful that NHS finances, already affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, could be overwhelmed in just a few years by the cost of negligence claims that are likely to follow without Government intervention.  

'The survey shows that the majority of the public agrees with us that this cannot be allowed to happen. We need the government to take action to ensure the NHS is exempted from an avalanche of negligence claims that may otherwise follow the pandemic.'

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