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NHS to claim money back

26th January 2007

14092006_business_woman1.jpgNew rules which allow the NHS to claim back treatment costs for employees injured at work is expected to raise more than £150m.

The NHS Injury Costs Recovery scheme, introduced across England, Wales and Scotland, allows the NHS to claim back cash from insurance companies where compensation had been paid to employees following a work-related injury.

The insurance industry is expected to react by increasing its premiums.

Already around £115m is recovered from insurance companies for treating people following road accidents, but this represents only a small amount of the actual cost to the NHS, as many organisations don’t chase payments, due to the prohibitive expense and bureaucracy.

The new rules cover both hospital treatment, and care from paramedics and allows individual trusts to recover the costs and keep the money.

The government denied it was simply about the money, but was based on the legal rights of the NHS to recover costs and hoped it would lead to improved health and safety in the workplace.

The Institute of Directors refuted the implication that employers don’t already implement adequate measures, while the TUC said it was only right that employers should foot the bill where they fail to protect their workforce.


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