No-fault compensation for medical accidents

Kenneth Norrie, Robert Hendry

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A discussion of the work of the Scottish Government's No Fault Compensation Group.Medical practice, like any other human activity, sometimes
leads to accidents, or unusual complications, or unexpected results. Usually no one is to blame; sometimes someone is at fault. If the patient has been
harmed, and the doctor’s act (or failure to act) amounts to what the law calls ‘negligence’, then the patient may seek monetary compensation for the injury they have suffered. Yet any patient who emerges from medical
treatment with an injury he or she did not have before the treatment needs care for that injury, whether or not the doctor was negligent, or the negligence caused the injury, or the patient can prove negligence and causation
to a sufficient legal standard. The current system of compensation provides high levels of compensation for some patients injured in the course of medical treatment, and no compensation at all for most.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-291
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • medical negligence
  • no fault compensation


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