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Legally aided medical negligence cases fall sharply

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1018
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The number of legally aided cases alleging medical negligence has more than halved in the past year.

    New figures for England and Wales from the Legal Services Commission will show that over the past 12 months, only 6197 cases were given the go ahead compared with a peak of 13 366 in 1995-6. The big drop is being put down to the use of specialist law firms, which are better able to filter out cases unlikely to succeed; tighter controls on the use of legal aid; and the diversion of some cases to the NHS complaints procedure.

    “These figures are very much against a public …

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