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COVID-19 Clinical Negligence Protocol 2020

Guidance note resource

This new protocol outlines a best practice approach to litigation agreed between the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL), NHS Resolution and the patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), with other signatories such as the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and the Association of British Insurers. It addresses the conduct of personal injury litigation during these unprecedented and difficult times resulting from Covid-19.

The intention of the protocol is to encourage positive behaviours from both claimant and defendant lawyers and organisations as well as consistency of approach in practices across England. It should reduce the risk of costs being spent unnecessarily on issuing proceedings, applications to extend time or stay proceedings. You can read the associated press release.

You may also wish to find out more about our Clinical Negligence Scheme for Coronavirus.

The protocol is available below.

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