November 1977

Malpractice Suits in England

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Charing Cross Hospital (Fulham) Fulham Palace Road London W6 8RF, England

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(11):1307-1308. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120240125031

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London.—A singular piece of good fortune came my way many years ago when I won a £ 50 surgical prize in my final undergraduate year. I spent half this windfall on a dinner jacket and the other half on a life membership of the Medical Defence Union. Both have proved excellent investments. Imagine—total malpractice insurance for life for the incredible once-for-all payment of £ 30 (around $75 at the time). It is small wonder that our medicolegal insurance agencies boast they are the envy of the world even if their once indiscreet offer of life membership is now as extinct as the dodo. It is true that we have yet to suffer a US litigation explosion. In our characteristic preparedness, premiums have grown from £ 5 to £ 40 yearly (around $70), with much grouching and grumbling from my colleagues although the sum in question still stands as a

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