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NHS Redress Bill
AIM
This bill provides quick access to redress in less serious medical negligence cases, as an alternative to compensation.

MAIN PROVISIONS
BILL'S PROGRESS
Responsible department: Dept of Health
Origin: House of Lords
Introduced: 12 Oct 2005
Second reading: 2 Nov 2005
Committee stage: 21 & 23 Nov 2005
Report stage: 15 Feb 2006
Third reading: 1 March 2006

COMMONS:

First reading: 1 March 2006
Second reading: 5 June 2006
Remaining stages: 13 July 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 8 November 2006
  • Provides consistency for the processing of claims across the NHS
  • Explanations, reassurance and apology should become a part of the clinical process
  • Provides compensation of low monetary value where appropriate
  • The scheme and compensation would be managed by the NHS Litigation Authority

    BACKGROUND
    Based on the recommendations of the Medical Officer's Report 'Making Amends'.


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