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The Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for Birth Injuries: An Alternative Scheme Design
A proposal for an alternative approach to ensure the rapid resolution and redress of cases involving the families of infants injured at birth.
A recent Government consultation proposed a model to improve the way that families of babies seriously injured at birth are compensated.
This policy brief presents an alternative to the current litigation-based approach, outlining a governance and operating model for the Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for serious birth injuries, including a fully costed business process for its delivery.
The proposals address each of the key public objectives for such a scheme:
- providing a route to support and compensation for families which is quicker and less contentious than the current system;
- increasing the learning from such incidents in order to drive improvements in clinical and operational practice;
- introducing a no-blame culture in order to increase reporting rates and reduce defensiveness.
The proposals offer a number of advantages over the Government scheme, including a more independent, legitimate, and credible structure, cost savings, and improved efficiency of decisions, helping families to receive compensation more rapidly.