Government makes U turn over legal aid for some clinical negligence claims

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1605
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Children who are severely injured at birth in England and Wales will continue to get legal aid to bring clinical negligence claims, after a last minute U turn by the UK government.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill would have abolished legal aid for a swathe of civil claims, including those alleging negligent medical treatment, in a bid to shave £350m (€420m; $560m) a year from the legal aid budget.

But, faced with a possible defeat on the bill in the House of Lords next week, the Ministry …

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