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Are clinical negligence and legal action related?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:620
  1. Anthony Barton, legal consultant (
  1. London N1 0RB

    EDITOR—The chief medical officer's report Making Amends is welcome if only because it recognises that the system of compensation for clinical negligence is in need of radical reform.1 2 Legal action is expensive, inefficient, and involves delay. However, the report does not address the system's central failure: the relation …

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