Charity launches scheme to help families obtain inquestsBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3435 (Published 25 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3435
- Clare Dyer
The national medical charity AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) is launching a project to provide help with inquests for bereaved families who believe their loved one has died as a result of a medical mistake.
The inquest project, to be launched next month, will provide access to specialist advice to help redress the inequality of arms between NHS trusts and families trying to find out what went wrong.
Leaflets to be available through coroners’ offices and NHS trusts will explain the scheme, which aims to help bereaved relatives obtain a full investigation. Lawyers will provide pro bono representation at inquests for some families, backed up by AvMA caseworkers.
Peter Walsh, AvMA’s chief executive, who outlined the …