Non-profit organisation, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) believes a change in attitude of National Health Service (NHS) bosses towards compensation claims for medical negligence, would help address Government concerns about the cost the associated litigation.
According to APIL, should the NHS choose to take a more 'professional and efficient approach' to dealing with compensation claims, then major savings could be achieved.
APIL is also calling for fixed fees to apply only when the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) admits it was the NHS who caused the injury.
Commenting, Neil Sugarman, who is the Vice-President of APIL, stated: "Lawyers who act for injured patients have had to adapt to deal with recent legal reform..."
"By comparison, the NHS approach to litigation is often ponderous, obstructive and wasteful.
"The main problem here is that the NHS has all the facts of the case at its fingertips but often fails to admit it is liable for the injury...
"So the injured person spends years trying to prove there was negligence, running up costs all the time, only for liability finally to be admitted at the 11th hour.
"It is a response born of an overly defensive attitude which is both old-fashioned and inefficient. What we need is a much quicker, fairer approach, and one which encourages the NHS to learn from its mistakes so the same injuries do not keep on recurring."
APIL' comments follow a recent Government consultation, which proposes to reduce the monies available to personal solicitors representing patients, who were injured/hurt by the health service.
APIL campaigns for improvements to be made within the personal injury law sector across the UK.