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Personal Injury: Compensation

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 411W, on personal injury: compensation, (1) on how many occasions a check produced evidence of error or misleading information in 2007-08; (255769)

(2) on how many occasions a check led to prosecution in 2007-08.

In 2007-08, the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) undertook 60,440 checks on the initial statements of insurers and their agents where no NHS treatment was recorded in respect of the NHS injury costs recovery scheme. From these checks, 5364 claims were subsequently identified as having either inpatient or outpatient treatment where costs are recoverable under the scheme.

The CRU initiates these checks at the beginning of the recovery process to ensure that claims will be correct when it comes to settlement. There were no resulting prosecutions in 2007-08.