BMA calls for changes to legal aid systemBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7113.899a (Published 11 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:899
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The BMA and the three medical defence bodies in Britain are so concerned about the rising cost of litigation that they are urging the government to make it harder for people to get legal aid to sue doctors and NHS trusts.
Dr Mac Armstrong, secretary of the BMA, wrote this week to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, after receiving no reply to an earlier letter to Sir Tim Chessells, chairman of the Legal Aid Board. That letter, sent in July, was signed by …