Travel bosses urged to quell British epidemic of holiday sickness claims

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2017

Politicians say the fake claims, for problems such as gastric illness, are a uniquely British problem, and that elsewhere in the world sickness at holiday resorts is falling. In. Ministers confirmed today that the Civil Procedure Rule Committee is drawing up rules for fixed recoverable fees in sickness claims, ready for them to come into force in early 2018.

The costs restrictions, the government expects, will go some way to deter bogus claims, but further action was signalled with the issuing of a call for evidence.

False insurance claims for gastric illnesses like food poisoning being brought by British holidaymakers is believed to estimated to have cost the industry over £240m in 2016, ABTA said.

The government is clear, even ahead of the review, that this is a problem "damaging Britain's reputation overseas" and pushing up holiday costs.

The Ministry of Justice launched an investigation on Friday into an "epidemic" of bogus health insurance claims by United Kingdom holidaymakers, after total claims shot up 500 percent in three years. The MoJ believes the disparity with claims figures in other European countries suggests the United Kingdom has a problem with the scale of bogus claims. The call for evidence will ask the industry and others to submit a wide range of information, from the volumes of claims to the amount of damages awarded.

Tour operators often settle holiday sickness claims out of court, rather than challenge them because the legal cost to tour operators can be out of proportion to the damages claimed.

Dominic Raab, the justice minister, said: "Bogus claims against tour operators risk driving up the..."

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