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Clinical negligence in the UK: Throwing the baby out with the bath water

Rickman, N and Fenn, P (2001) Clinical negligence in the UK: Throwing the baby out with the bath water Economic Affairs, 21 (4). pp. 19-23.

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As the total cost of clinical negligence claims has grown in the UK in recent years, calls for reform have resurfaced. The government now plans a White Paper on the subject next year. This paper assesses some of the economic arguments surrounding such reform. It suggests that the principle of negligence performs a useful economic function, that there is some uncertainty surrounding the precise costs of the UK's clinical negligence, and that costs of alternative systems may sometimes be larger than they first appear.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
Rickman, N
Fenn, P
Date : 2001
DOI : 10.1111/1468-0270.00320
Additional Information : Blackwell Publishing © Institute of Economic Affairs. The definitive version is available at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 Jun 2012 15:20
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:32

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