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Cost of clinical negligence cases is to be met by “no win, no fee” regime in place of legal aid

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6567 (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6567
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Sweeping reforms to the funding of litigation in England and Wales, which should save the NHS millions of pounds a year, have been unveiled by the United Kingdom government.

In a pair of green papers the Ministry of Justice proposes withdrawing legal aid for a wide range of legal actions, including clinical negligence claims, and radically reforming liability for legal costs in civil actions.

The move to cut £350m (€410m; $560m) from the £2bn legal aid bill is largely supported by the opposition Labour party. The proposals would implement key reforms recommended last January by the appeal court judge …

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