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No fault compensation will not incur significant extra costs, say Scots experts

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1282 (Published 24 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1282
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The introduction of a system of no fault compensation for medical injuries has taken a step forward in Scotland after backing by an influential panel of experts.

The Scottish government is now to investigate the practical and financial implications of introducing such a scheme to replace the current system where injured patients have to prove negligence in the courts.

An expert panel was appointed in 2009 to report on the potential benefits of introducing a no fault compensation scheme in Scotland. It has reviewed the operation of such schemes in Sweden, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and parts …

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