Peers defeat government plans to abolish legal aid for clinical negligence cases

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 09 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1770
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government has been narrowly defeated in the House of Lords on a provision linked to its plans to remove legal aid from clinical negligence cases in England and Wales.

Peers in Parliament’s upper house voted to keep legal aid to cover the costs of experts’ reports that potential claimants need to work out their chances of success in a medical negligence claim.

The amendment, which was won by a margin of only six votes, was one of several defeats for the government during the report stage of the Legal …

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