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Ministers consider measures to reduce UK’s 1500 daily claims for whiplash

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3226 (Published 04 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3226
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Panels of independent doctors may be set up to assess whiplash claims as part of a bid by the UK government to curb spurious and exaggerated claims.

The move is one of a range of measures on which the government is to consult this summer after a surge in the number of questionable whiplash claims, which insurers say has added £90 (€110; $145) to the average car insurance premium.

Ministers say that the UK has become the “whiplash capital of Europe,” with drivers and passengers making 1500 claims a day for whiplash injuries. Five ministers met insurers and consumer groups at a …

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