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Letters Lawyers’ fees and NHS savings

Savings? What savings?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4035
  1. Russell Levy, head, clinical negligence1
  1. 1Leigh Day, London EC1M 4LB, UK
  1. rlevy{at}

You don’t have to be Ben Goldacre to realise that there is something fishy about the values quoted by Dyer for NHS payments of damages and legal costs in clinical negligence cases.1 The justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, used these values when he told listeners of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 29 March 2011: “I mean in 2008-9 the NHS did pay …

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