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Pilot study could cut medical negligence costs

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.770a (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:770
  1. CLARE DYER, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    An experiment in resolving medical negligence cases by mediation rather than costly and lengthy court proceedings got under way this week in Britain. The pilot scheme, backed by the Department of Health, is to go ahead in two regions--Anglia and Oxford, and Northern and Yorkshire.

    Its first case was due to be tackled this Thursday, after the BMJ went to press. Hinchingbrooke NHS Health Care Trust in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and a patient who had two stillbirths at Hinchingbrooke Hospital have agreed to try to settle the case through mediation.

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