NHS to settle small compensation claims without litigation

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:923
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Patients in England who suffer as a result of shortcomings in NHS care could get up to £20 000 ($35 000; €29 000) compensation without resorting to litigation, under plans for a small claims system to divert low value cases from the courts.

    The NHS Redress Bill, published last week, sets up the framework for a scheme that will provide apologies, investigations, and, where appropriate, compensation up to an expected ceiling of £20 000 when mistakes are made.

    The scheme is largely based on proposals in Making Amends, a report by the chief medical officer for England, …

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