Fixed recoverable costs – DoH must produce more balanced and ambitious action, says MDDUS

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Monday, 31 July 2017

Commenting on the publication of Lord Justice Jackson’s review into fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said:

“Lord Justice Jackson’s review has taken a very narrow perspective on the question of fixed recoverable costs in medical negligence cases, with a proposed limit of £25,000, and fails to engage with the wider impact of unjustified litigation on the NHS and GPs.

“We will be happy to participate in the proposed working party, but this report underlines the need for the Department of Health to complete its more holistic and thorough review (with the benefit of the many and detailed submissions to which Jackson will not have had access) and produce more balanced and ambitious action.

“The Department of Health must do more than simply rubber stamp Jackson’s recommendations in this complex field. Today’s small step does not come close to turning around the cost and litigation tanker”.

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For further information contact Joanne Curran on 0333 043 4444 or email jcurran@mddus.com.

Note to editors

MDDUS (The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) is a medical and dental defence organisation providing access to professional indemnity and expert medico- and dento-legal advice for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK. For further information on MDDUS go to www.mddus.com.