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Soaring damages not doctors’ fault

By Robin Stride

Rocketing indemnity and insurance fees are definitely not the fault of doctors, a defence expert assured a meeting of consultants.

Dr Matthew Lee

Dr Matthew Lee

Dr Matthew Lee, MDU professional services director, told them the whole issue of fast-rising costs was an issue that society needed to address.

Cases were now being brought against his members valued at over £20m each, he told specialists at an event organised by Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO)/London Consultants’ Association.

The meeting also heard from defence lawyers at Hempsons who revealed some cases were trying for £40m.

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