Litigation Authority to focus on malpractice

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1250
  1. JOHN WARDEN, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    For a sign of the times there's not much to beat the starkly named Litigation Authority. This was grafted on to the NHS last week to monitor medical malpractice and other NHS liabilities for “loss, damage, or injury” (p 1306). In practice the Litigation Authority will be the statutory arm of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST), which is already up and running. The scheme is, in effect, a medical defence arrangement for NHS employers, allowing them to pool funds against liabilities for clinical negligence. Indeed, the scheme's day to day operation has been subcontracted to an established defence organisation, the Medical Protection Society.

    In the five years since the NHS first indemnified hospital doctors …

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