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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain residents of the state of New South Wales draws to the attention of the House the Medical Indemnity Insurance issue. Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

1. Develop a medical accident and compensation scheme that will see patients' problems dealt with outside the courts.

2. Establish a National Accident Scheme to cover all injured patients.

3. Develop a standard procedure for settling claims rather than the present case by case system.

4. Develop a nationally coordinated system whereby the legal procedures are consistent across all states and territories of Australia.

5. Develop a way of resolving disputes without having to go through the legal system.

6. Prevent legal practitioners from advertising `no win no fee' arrangements

7. Set a period of three years in which a claim can be made.

by Dr Nelson (from 231 citizens)