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The Spine and Medical Negligence

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:405
  1. Patrick Hoyte, deputy head of advisory services
  1. Medical Defence Union, Manchester

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    R W Porter

    Bios Scientific, £19.95, pp 200

    ISBN 1 85996 126 6


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    Since 1991 the cost of medical negligence in the United Kingdom has risen fivefold—it costs the NHS over £300m a year. Fortunately, there is no evidence of any fall in clinical standards. The proportion of claims that are settled with payment of compensation to patients has in fact …

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