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Expert witnesses should deliver services through the NHS

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7575.933 (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:933
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. legal correspondent, BMJ

    Proposals for far reaching changes to the way expert witnesses provide their services to the family courts in England and Wales were outlined this week in a long awaited report from Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer for England.

    Professor Donaldson recommends that rather than contracting individually with solicitors, experts should deliver their services through the NHS as a core part of its child protection work.

    He was asked by ministers in 2004 to come up with ideas to tackle the shortage of medical experts, particularly paediatricians, …

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