Scottish patients may get right to hospital treatment in 12 weeks

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1630
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Patients in Scotland are to be given a legal guarantee to be treated in hospital within 12 weeks under legislation proposed by the Scottish government. The legislation would also provide patients with a legal right to complain.

    But the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill makes it clear that patients will not be able to sue for compensation if their treatment falls outside the 12 week limit—instead they can expect to be offered treatment elsewhere in the NHS or in the private sector.

    The bill …

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