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Personal injury: whiplash medical panels

Further to our report in January’s Brief, the members of the core working group which is chaired by the MOJ have now been named.  The group comprises the following individuals:

James Dalton - The Association of British Insurers

Simon Margolis - The Association of Medical Reporting Organisations

John Spencer - The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Dr Jan Wise - The British Medical Association

Christian Worsfold - The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

David Johnson - The Forum of Insurance Lawyers

Craig Budsworth - The Motor Accident Solicitors Society

The MOJ has stated that the group will be supported by a wide list of expert stakeholders, who can be called upon as appropriate as the work develops.

The MOJ has also confirmed that at the group’s first meeting (on 7 February), it was agreed that their aims were: to improve medical evidence and reporting (and to establish a medical accreditation scheme); and on the associated programme of legal and behavioural reform. The group recognised the need to take the work forward at pace.  In an answer to a question in Parliament raised by Jonathan Evans MP, Justice Minister, Shailesh Vara stated that the intention was to have the rules agreed by this summer.  To follow developments on whiplash panels click here

The government has attempted to quell concern about the independence of the panels.  In a letter of response to a question raised by Louise Ellman MP, raising concern about medical reporting agencies owned by ABS structures, Chris Grayling stated “Clearly we have to come up with arrangements that address concerns around independence, particularly where [a medical reporting organisation] is owned by, or associated with, an ABS”.

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