Emma Hallinan, MPS Director of Claims Policy and Technical, said:
“The cost of clinical negligence risks becoming unsustainable for the NHS and society. In lower value claims it is also not unusual to see lawyers’ costs exceed the damages awarded to claimants – this is simply not right. We are pleased Government is tackling this important issue; a package of legal reforms is desperately needed. Introducing fixed recoverable costs for small value claims could play a part - helping to ensure that legal costs do not dwarf compensation payments, and that money can be spent on patient care instead. We will study the proposal in detail and respond in due course.”
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