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No fault compensation for medical accidents under consideration

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1111
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is considering reviewing the feasibility of a “no fault” compensation scheme for cases in which medical treatment goes wrong.

    Such a scheme, which operates in New Zealand and Sweden, would pay compensation for brain damaged babies and other victims of medical accidents, without the need to mount costly legal action to prove that the doctor was negligent. The move has been recommended by Sir Peter Middleton, former permanent …

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