THE WAY FORWARDAs clearly seen in cases of medical negligence in the United Kingdom, emphasis is placed on the speedy resolution of Medical negligence cases in instances where genuine claims have been made. In Nigeria however, and rather sadly, a victim of Medical negligence is left to bear the cost of maintaining negligence actions against givers of healthcare and accordingly has to deal with the inconveniences of cost, slow justice delivery, hardship in securing the attendance of expert witnesses (as they are unwilling to testify against their medical colleagues) etc.The delay in addressing Medical negligence is further made worrisome, when one considers the lengthy period of time it takes to dispense with a case of Medical negligence in Nigeria, vis-à-vis the average time frame of 1.4 years in the UK.Numerous examples accordingly abound of the delay in dispensing with cases of Medical negligence: In Rossek and Ors. v. ACB Ltd & Ors, the Suit was filed in 1975 and an order of retrial was given after 18 years of litigation. S.A Abudu v. Alhaja T. Ogunbambi and Sipeolu & Anor v. Allco Engineering Group Nig took 29 years and 25years respectively to conclude at the High Court.It is important to state that although Nigeria has National Health Insurance Act, which essentially provides for a National Health Insurance Scheme, the NHIS is only designed to aid the provision of affordable healthcare and does not include coverage for medical malpractice. It is a social health security system in which the health care of an employee is paid for by both the employer and employee. This is achieved by monthly deductions of 5 per cent of basic salary from an employee and another 10 per cent of basic salary paid by the employee’s employer, which is then pooled together and used for all enrolees. Essentially, there is cross subsidisation where the healthy subsidize for the ill, the young subsidize for the old and the higher income group subsidises for the lower income group.It is obvious that to be able to treat the ills of delay in obtaining justice for cases of Medical negligence, Nigeria needs to toe a similar line with the UK, which is providing insurance coverage to guard against the heavy costs associated with Medical negligence.