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Consultation into Scottish 'no-fault' medical compensation scheme opens

Health workers and general public views sought by June 24

Nurses have been asked for their views on plans to create a ‘no-fault’ scheme for dealing with NHS patients’ compensation claims.

A consultation began on March 23 to look at how the scheme could ensure any patient harmed as a result of poor clinical treatment in Scotland receives appropriate compensation without the need for lengthy court processes.

In particular the Scottish government wants views on the principles and criteria of the scheme, its scope, the appeals process, funding issues and the impact on continuing care costs.

Scottish health minister Shona Robison said: ‘The Scottish government is committed to ending the blame culture that exists around medical negligence claiming.

‘Careful consideration has been given to possible approaches, which would meet this commitment and provide access to financial redress, where appropriate.

‘Importantly, we are looking to establish a person-centred scheme which is trusted as fair by patients and staff alike, which will reduce legal costs and for the majority of people, the need to go through lengthy and costly court processes.’

Work towards creating a scheme began back in 2009 when the No Fault Compensation Review Group was established.

The consultation closes on June 24. To take part click here

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