Medical Malpractice Clinical Indemnity Scheme Criticised for Granting Anonymity

The Clinical Indemnity Scheme has been criticized in The Irish Times today for giving anonymity to medical professionals. The State Claims Agency has followed the Clinical Indemnity Scheme since 2002 for all medical malpractice cases taken against hospitals and doctors. The State Claims Agency ‘takes responsibility for the vicarious negligence by act or omission on the part of doctors, nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals”

The State Claims Agency has informed solicitors that it is ‘neither necessary nor appropriate” to include the names of doctors in medical malpractice documentation.

This means that negligent doctors are essentially protected from public record unless the lawsuit is heard in the High Court.  The vast majority of medical malpractice compensation cases, like most other types of personal injury cases, are settled prior to going to court .

This effectively means that medical professions are granted anonymity for their medically negligent actions.