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Fixed costs for personal injury claims against the NHS: APIL response

15 Feb 2018
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Patient safety must not pay second fiddle to NHS costs reforms, said Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).


“We have advised the Government that there is scope to streamline the procedures and cost involved in lower NHS value claims, but that is only part of the story,” said Mr Dixon.


“So-called NHS ‘never events’ – injuries which are serious and largely preventable - have stayed at the same level in the past two years. Analysis of information provided by NHS Resolution in response to a freedom of information request shows that failures of maternity care represented a quarter of the damages paid out to injured patients in 2016/17*. Failure in maternity care has been identified for years as a major problem for the NHS yet little seems to have changed.


“The urge to streamline costs and procedures must go hand in hand with a real, systemic, consistent reduction in avoidable injury. Only then will the NHS become more efficient, and only then will we see an end to the needless suffering of patients."

Past statements and comments

MoJ decides on April 2019 to implement whiplash reforms, 12 Feb 2018
APIL's response to the Justice Select Committee report , 30 Nov 2017
APIL's reaction to a court of appeal ruling in relation to eligibility for bereavement damages, 28 Nov 2017
Rapid resolution and redress scheme , 28 Nov 2017
Reaction to Government's response to consultation on setting the discount rate, 07 Sep 2017
Response to National Audit Office report and recommendations for managing the costs of clinical negligence in trusts, 06 Sep 2017
Discount rate reduction from 2.5% to -0.75% for personal injury claims: Statement from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), 27 Feb 2017
Pressure on the pricing of car insurance premiums and the imminent review of the discount rate, 03 Feb 2017

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