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The issues facing the NHS, both now and in the future, are wide and in some instances complex. According to the King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve healthcare in England, there are demographic changes in the UK meaning that there is an ageing population and more people are facing chronic diseases which is placing greater strains on the NHS. In addition, it is widely reported that the NHS is facing funding shortages which will add further pressures to its ability to provide necessary healthcare.

Can I complain about a doctor or hospital while I am undergoing treatment?

You can complain about your treatment while it is ongoing if you are concerned about any aspect of your care. In fact, the sooner you raise an issue, the more likely it is to be resolved quickly. It is understandable that you may feel embarrassed about complaining while you are in the middle of treatment, particularly if it concerns either a doctor or nurse, but a complaint is not the same as a legal claim.

What is the Compensation Recovery Unit?

The Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). If you are injured either through accident or disease and make a successful claim for compensation, the CRU must be notified of the details of your claim by the organisation (or person) paying the compensation (the compensator). The CRU records all welfare benefits you receive as a result of your injuries.

When will qualified one-way costs shifting apply?

Qualified one-way costs shifting, otherwise known as QOCS, was introduced for personal injury claims on 1 April 2013 following the Jackson Reforms. The aim of QOCS was to assist in establishing a balance for claimants who, following implementation of the Jackson Reforms, were no longer able to recover Conditional Fee Agreement (“CFA”) success fees or After the Event (“ATE”) insurance premiums from their opponent.
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