Charity challenges government’s plans to scrap legal aid for negligence claims

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6096
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The patient safety charity AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) has launched a legal challenge to UK government plans to axe legal aid for clinical negligence claims in England and Wales.

AvMA is seeking the high court’s permission to apply for judicial review of the plans, which form part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill now going through parliament.

The government argues that the sort of cases now brought with the help of legal aid can in future be conducted on a no win, no fee …

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