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NHS bill for negligence set to soar again

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7239.891/a (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:891
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The NHS bill for clinical negligence claims is set to soar again following a Court of Appeal test case last week and a consultation exercise by the lord chancellor.

    An unprecedented five judge appeal court ruled last week that damages for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity for the most severely injured claimants should go up by a third from the previous maximum of £150000 ($240000).

    The ruling will have an impact on most of the cases of children who sustain damage at birth and are left with …

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