The NHS is claiming back more money for treating motor injuries than last year.

The system for claiming back money from insurers has been overhauled. In the year to April 2001, the NHS claimed back £75.8m from motor insurers.

From April to July this year, it collected £29.9m. At this rate, it will claw back £90m this year.

Under the Road Traffic (NHS charges) Act 1999, the NHS can recover charges from negligent drivers' insurers. The new system also allows it to recover the cost of treating victims of uninsured or untraceable drivers.

The amount the NHS can charge for treatment has also risen, with levels for emergency treatment rising from £21.30 to £354.

Up to £10,000 can be recovered for hospital treatment.