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Legal problems could delay introduction of NHS treatment abroad

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:654
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Concerns about legal redress for patients whose treatment goes wrong could hold up the implementation of government plans for NHS patients facing delays at home to be treated elsewhere in Europe.

    UK legal aid schemes provide cover only for claims brought in UK courts and therefore normally exclude claims against defendants located abroad.

    One possible option, according to a Department of Health spokesman, is …

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