NHS to settle small compensation claims without litigationBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.923-a (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:923
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Patients in England who suffer as a result of shortcomings in NHS care could get up to £20 000 ($35 000; €29 000) compensation without resorting to litigation, under plans for a small claims system to divert low value cases from the courts.
The NHS Redress Bill, published last week, sets up the framework for a scheme that will provide apologies, investigations, and, where appropriate, compensation up to an expected ceiling of £20 000 when mistakes are made.
The scheme is largely based on proposals in Making Amends, a report by the chief medical officer for England, …