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NHS legal shake-up.

Byline: JILL PALMER

A RADICAL shakeup of the way victims of medical mistakes are compensated was unveiled yesterday.

Patients could be offered fixed payments for specific injuries without going to court.

Health secretary Alan Milburn says in nearly half of all NHS litigation cases lawyers pick up more than patients get in damages.

He said: "The current system does not work for NHS patients or for NHS staff. It is lengthy and gruelling for both."

Chief Medical Officer Prof Liam Donaldson will find ways to overhaul and speed up procedures.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2001
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