The Scottish government’s decision to follow their English counterparts in cutting the discount rate of personal injury claims is ‘disappointing’, MDDUS says.

On 28 February, the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, announced a cut to the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%.

At the time, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said: ‘Today’s reduction in the discount rate is good news for lawyers, but bad news for the NHS.

‘It adds avoidable pressure on NHS resources and doctors’ and dentists’ subscriptions to medical defence organisations. 

 ‘It is disappointing that Scottish ministers have chosen to follow their English counterparts in this potentially legally flawed decision, particularly when consultation on an improved system in England is expected in a matter of days.

‘We will be seeking urgent assurances from Scottish ministers about their plans for improvement, and how they plan to tackle the funding consequences for the NHS in Scotland and our members.’