I refer to the recent Roundtable on personal injury. I was astonished to see the claim that ‘road traffic accidents are down 20%’, due allegedly to fuel prices. If this was so, there would be a queue of transport ministers, if not whole transport ministries, demanding to know how we achieved it. An internet search reveals no such data. A fact sheet of the World Health Organisation published in March could be expected to mention it and advise the use of fuel prices to reduce road accidents, but there is no such mention.  

Another curiosity was Simon Allen saying that ‘PI is a complicated area even at a low level and specialisation is the key’ – he meant specialisation within the PI field – and at the same time maintaining that claims should be ‘process[ed] in an industrialised ….way’. Aren’t these approaches mutually exclusive?

Harold Immanuel, London W6