Fast track scheme for medical negligence starts

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:187

A fast track scheme for handling medical negligence claims under £10 000 ($15 000) quickly, efficiently, and cheaply is to be piloted at Birmingham county court from 1 October.

The scheme, the first of its kind in Britain, is backed by local NHS trusts and health authorities and could provide a blueprint for dealing with such cases nationwide.

A local initiative by solicitors, judges, and an NHS risk manager, it has the support of the Lord Chancellor's department and will be monitored by a researcher at Nottingham Law School. The results of the pilot …

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