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UK government to set up small claims scheme for medical mishaps

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1228
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    An NHS scheme to deal outside the legal process with “low monetary value” claims for clinical negligence will be brought forward in this parliamentary session, the government announced in the Queen's speech last week.

    The redress scheme will be based largely on recommendations in the 2003 Making Amends report from the chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson (BMJ 2003;327:7), although it may include independent scrutiny of claims and provision for patients to have specialist representation when applying for redress, neither of which was included in the original proposals.

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