GPs face escalating litigationBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7187.830b (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:830
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Negligence claims against general practitioners have gone up 13-fold between 1989 and 1998, according to figures released last week by the Medical Protection Society, which represents 45%of the United Kingdom's general practitioners.
In 1989, only 38 claims were launched against GP members of the MPS, compared with 500 in 1998.
Compensation awards and settlements also rose …