NHS faces rise in negligence paymentsBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.11 (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:11
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The NHS faces a major rise in its bill for medical negligence compensation as a result of new regulations laid before parliament that affect the way damages are worked out.
The lord chancellor, Lord Irvine, has reduced the “discount rate”—the rate that successful claimants in personal injury cases are deemed to earn by investing their compensation awards—from 3% to 2.5%. The result will be larger lump sums to cover loss of earnings …