To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will work with the Civil Justice Council to fix recoverable costs for clinical negligence claims above £25,000 and below £250,000.
25 March 2019
In 2017 the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report which challenged the Government to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs.
The Ministry of Justice is working jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Treasury, Cabinet Office, NHS Resolution and others, to respond to the challenge from NAO in the report Managing the Costs of Clinical Negligence in Trusts to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs. We are looking at all the drivers of costs, as challenged by NAO, and a wide range of options are being considered. We will update the House when we are in a position to do so.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is expected to report shortly on proposals to extend fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases up to £25k damages. The Government will consult before implementing any extension of FRC following the CJC report.