NHS Cuts Must Not Undermine Patient Safety, Lawyer Urges

Lawyer Reacts To Reports On Cuts


Patient safety must remain at the top of the agenda for the NHS as it looks to make efficiency savings, a leading medical negligence lawyer has claimed.

Mandy Luckman of Irwin Mitchell responded after reports suggested that the healthcare organisation will see its budget ring-fenced by chancellor George Osborne in his spending review.

However, it is thought that the service has been set a target of making a number of efficiency savings in the next few months, with some suggestions hinting that its operations could be reduced by a fifth.

Mandy Luckman, who has a wealth of experience in cases of clinical negligence, said: “It is unfortunate that the spending review is likely to hit a lot of public services hard, but it is vital that any cuts do not lead to a fall in standards.

“Patient safety must remain of paramount concern for all staff in the NHS”.

“So many of the cases I have dealt with have shown the devastating impact that avoidable errors in treatment can have. I urge authorities to bear this in mind as efficiency savings are considered.”