On the first of this month MRC had the pleasure of exhibiting for the second time at the SCIL conference in Birmingham. SCIL was formed to “promote best practice in the conduct of clinical negligence claims, to influence public policy for the benefit of its members and injured persons and in doing so to promote access to justice”. It is campaigning against Department of Health proposals which could have a major impact on patient safety in England and Wales. Plans to introduce FRC (Fixed Recoverable Costs) across Clinical Injury cases could see many patients unable to get expert specialist legal advice and as a consequence lose out on much needed compensation. Keeping abreast of the shifting legal landscape is a constant challenge for any law firm and related services, such as pagination companies.

The SCIL conference therefore offers a touchstone for members who feel they would be affected to come together and discuss their concerns. Seeing as MRC is also clinging firmly onto the bucking legal bull it’s a perfect opportunity to put our ears to the ground. We caught up with plenty of old faces and as always our mannequin mascot, Mr C, drew in even more. Having asked the delegates, it was somewhat reassuring to find that a high quality collation service was the most important consideration when outsourcing the pagination and analysis of medical records, rather than cost, which in these uncertain times we might have expected. We at MRC are committed to providing the highest quality service but this means trying to remain competitive in an increasingly growing market, and this does bring its own challenges.

Aside from the business aspect the exhibition was an enjoyable social event in itself; the opportunity to meet existing valued clients and new people from the industry is always something to look forward to. Thank you to SCIL for all their hard work, not just in organising such an informative event but also for all the valuable work they continue to do in relation to patient safety.

Mr C is back in his corner now, awaiting another outing into the exhibition world. Maybe it’s time to buy him some underwear…