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Cuts in legal aid will deter lawyers from taking on complex clinical negligence cases

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4053 (Published 27 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4053
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government is to go ahead with plans to scrap legal aid for clinical negligence cases in England and Wales, as part of a package to slash £350m (€390m; $560m) from the legal aid budget.

The justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, announced the move after his department published the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which will have its second reading debate on 29 June.

Mr Clarke said that anyone launching damages claims for clinical negligence would be expected in future to do so under a “no win, no …

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