UK to limit legal aid for medical negligence cases to specialist lawyersBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7169.1338b (Published 14 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1338
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Only solicitors with proved expertise in medical negligence cases will get legal aid funding for such claims in the future, under plans unveiled by Britain's lord chancellor last week.
The UK government believes it is wasting millions of pounds a year on non-specialist lawyers who fail to deliver an optimum service in this complex area of practice. From August 1999, …