NHS cash recovery plan will leave employers with extra liability cost

first_imgNHS cash recovery plan will leave employers with extra liability costOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Plans to allow the NHS to recover the costs of workplace accidents couldleave employers with a £150m bill, the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF)has warned. The union is urging ministers to remove the proposal from the Health andSocial Care Bill because of the cost it would add to employers’ liabilityinsurance. Martin Temple, director general at the EEF, confirmed he had written tohealth secretary Alan Milburn urging him to drop the proposals from the Bill. “The issues around the UK’s compensation system are profound and mayrequire a very different approach or combination of approaches to find along-term solution,” said Temple. “This proposal is premature and likely to be misdirected when taken inthe context of future decisions on compensation for workplace accidents.” The Department of Health hopes the changes will ensure employers that areliable for accidents cover the related NHS costs. But the EEF claims that any costs would be footed by employers through theemployers’ liability insurance system, spreading the burden across allemployers, regardless of safety records and policies. “The measure will not achieve its goals and will simply add furtherpressure to a system already showing incredible strain. Employers who takepositive action to improve the health and safety of employers will besubsidising those who are negligent,” said Temple. The EEF is campaigning for a review of the entire workplace insurancesystem. By Ross Wighamwww.eef.org.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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