Nurse injury claims may be incorrect

Nurses who were injured at work between 1985 and 1998 may have had their injury benefits claim wrongly rejected or not received their correct payout, the government has revealed.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said a decision by the Pensions Ombudsman has raised the possibility that the injury benefits scheme has not been correctly administered and the wrong eligibility criteria may have been used in many cases.

Those whose cases have been affected by the wrong payment will be notified over the next two months and those who were underpaid will receive additional money.

In January 2008 the government will also launch an advertising campaign alerting those people who may have been wrongly rejected for claims to come forward. However, systems will not be in place to deal with this kind of claim until then.

It’s estimated that some 9,273 cases have been affected by errors.


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