Letters

Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6984.943a (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:943

Department of Health's view

  1. Gerald Malone
  1. Health minister Department of Health, London SW1A 2NS

    EDITOR,—I wish to correct a few misconceptions in Paul Fenn and Robert Dingwall's editorial on the new Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.1

    Firstly, the Department of Health's actuaries have not assumed that all claims for clinical negligence pending against the NHS will result in financial settlements; they have assumed a drop out rate of around 30-40% (but lower for the high value claims, which make up a disproportionate share of the total cost). It is unfortunate that Fenn did not take up an …

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