The NHSLA’s 2015 Annual Report – Comment and review part 3

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02/09/2015

Should fixed fees be introduced to restrain lawyers who represent injured patients?

Following the 2 previous articles published in July and August 2015, in this article Andrew Ritchie QC examines the role of the NHSLA in the DoH’s drive to fix fees in clinical negligence claims.  

Andrew concludes that:

  1. the NHSLA does not have effective published KPIs (key performance indicators);
  2. the 2015 annual report is politicised in breach of the NHSLA’s Framework Document’s requirements;
  3. its recommendation that fees should be “more proportionate to damages” is based on unsound reasoning and the wrong figures;and
  4. fixing fees will discriminate against retired and elderly patients who are injured by negligent clinicians.

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