Liability premiums set to increase for employers

Employers’ liability premiums will rise by up to 10 per cent if proposals to allow the NHS to recoup costs for ambulances and hospital care go through next year, according to reports.

The plans would let the NHS recoup £150 for an ambulance journey and up to £34,800 for treatment in cases involving personal injury compensation.

A Department of Health consultation paper, which outlines the plans, says it will include things such as accidents at work or claims that fall under public liability.

The Daily Telegraph quotes Craig Bennet, a director of insurance firm Lloyd’s specialist liability syndicate DA Constable as saying: “The recovery of NHS charges will have a significant impact on employers’ liability claims costs.

“This Act will place a greater burden on insurers and must be translated into higher rates.”

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the changes will start on 1 April 2005.


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