Department of Health delays workplace accident costs scheme

A scheme that would allow the NHS to recover the cost of treating victims of workplace accidents from insurers has been delayed.

It was initially meant to be introduced next month, but the Financial Times reports that the Department of Health (DoH) has put back its introduction until October 2006.

Under the scheme, the NHS could recover costs if it could be shown that companies had been negligent. The employer, in turn, would have been able to recover the costs under eployers’ liability insurance.

The DoH said there was “still a high level of concern about how the insurance market will cope”.

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