Published: 19/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5823 Page 8

The system of recovering NHS costs from those responsible for road traffic accidents could be extended to all personal injury claims, under plans issued for consultation by the government last week. Junior health minister David Lammy said the extended scheme, based on recommendations from the Law Commission, would 'remove the burden from general taxpayers of subsidising part of the costs of a wrongdoer'and raise£220m a year.The government is proposing the person or organisation paying compensation for injury would be responsible for the NHS costs, so personal injury compensation payments would not be reduced.The costs recovered would be limited to ambulance and hospital treatment and would be passed to hospitals to spend as they wish.The scheme would be administered by the Compensation Recovery Unit.

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