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Clinical negligence liabilities overshadow public finances MDU warns

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) says it is extremely worrying that the amount of money earmarked to cover the total cost of clinical negligence claims (including both including IBNR and PPOs) against the NHS in England has risen to £128.6 billion. This is an increase on the previous year’s figure of £85.2 billion and the… Read more »

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Party spending plans condemned
Party spending plans condemned

Government plans to halt the ‘arms race’ in spending between the two main parties have been challenged by the Electoral Commission. Jack Straw, justice secretary, wants a cap on funding during election campaigns, but Peter Wardle, head of the commission says he has “grave reservations” about the government’s course of action. A Commission spokesperson said:… Read more »

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Arrest warrant issued for Lib Dem donor
Arrest warrant issued for Lib Dem donor

The Liberal Democrats’ most significant donor Michael Brown has skipped bail and is being sought by police. The Scottish millionaire businessman was due to stand trial for fraud this September but has now dismissed an application for bail. An arrest warrant has now been issued after being approved by a judge from Southwark crown court…. Read more »