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GPs face escalating litigation

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:830
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Negligence claims against general practitioners have gone up 13-fold between 1989 and 1998, according to figures released last week by the Medical Protection Society, which represents 45%of the United Kingdom's general practitioners.

    In 1989, only 38 claims were launched against GP members of the MPS, compared with 500 in 1998.

    Compensation awards and settlements also rose …

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