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Legal aid to be kept for medical negligence cases

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:797
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The government last week retreated from plans to withdraw legal aid from all money and damages claims—including medical negligence cases—from this summer. Proposals to abolish aid for other types of personal injury claims and a range of other cases will go ahead as planned, but medical negligence cases will continue to be financed by legal aid for the next two or three years.

    For cases in which aid is withdrawn, lawyers are expected to fill the gap with no win, no fee deals—so called conditional fee agreements. From June or July solicitors and barristers will be allowed to offer such deals in any type of case, apart from crime or …

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