Thanks to my friend + colleague Bill Madden for his interesting report on the most recent report as to incidence of medical negligence litigation in Australia – see here for his report. As this shows, the number of claims is relatively stable and very modest indeed. As no doubt Bill would agree, this report tells only part of the story. The incidence of claims being lodged for compensation is from all previous studies only a tiny fraction of the number of actual serious adverse events in Australia’s health care – the number of patients who could, if they wished and felt able to do so, pursue claims.