Published date

February 2002

Encouraging Resolution Mediating

In many countries, mediation, and other methods of alternative dispute resolution, are encouraged, recognised and used as means of resolving disputes, rather than resorting to litigation. Mediation is also being used in Scotland, but not to the same extent, and its use in relation to resolving disputes between patients and the health services is negligible. Against that background, and taking into account the conclusions of a recent Symposium held by the RSE, the Society saw it as timely to establish a Working Group to examine the scope of using mediation to resolve patient / health services disputes in Scotland, and in particular medical negligence disputes.

The full inquiry can be accessed here: Encouraging Resolution Mediating


The Rt Hon Lord Ross PC, FRSE Vice-President, Royal Society of Edinburgh (Chair)

Dr David Blaney Director of Post Graduate GP Education, South East Scotland

Miss Maggie Boyle Chief Executive, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr Tom Divers Chief Executive, Greater Glasgow Health Board

Mrs Pat Dawson Head of Policy, Royal College of Nursing (Scotland)

Mr Hugh Donald, OBE Partner,Shepherd&WedderburnWS

Dr John Garner Chairman, British Medical Association Scotland

Mr Ranald Macdonald Legal Adviser, National Health Service Scotland Central Legal Office

Dr William Mathewson Deputy Chief Executive, Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Mr Grant McCulloch Partner, Drummond Miller, Solicitors and Estate Agents

Lord Patel, FRSE Chairman, Clinical Standards Board for Scotland

Mrs Anne Smith, QC Faculty of Advocates
(now the Hon Lady Smith)

Professor John Sturrock, QC Director, Core Mediation Ltd

Dr Charles Swainson Medical Director, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Ms Helen Tyrrell Development Co-ordinator, Voluntary Health Scotland

Mr Graeme Herbert The Royal Society of Edinburgh (Secretary)