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Rapid resolution and redress scheme consultation - Law Society response

26 May 2017

The Law Society has responded to the Department of Health's consultation on the introduction of a rapid resolution and redress (RRR) scheme for severe avoidable birth injury.

In our response, we welcome a voluntary scheme that allows families to obtain the compensation they deserve, so long as a formal litigation path can be taken if they wish to.

It is important that this system is capable of adequately and efficiently compensating families for often life-changing injuries, which would be akin to going through a court. We also argue that an RRR scheme should be transparent and independent, and must preserve access to justice, ensuring claimants have appropriate access to specialist legal advice throughout the process.

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