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Health minister wants to see lawyers’ leaflets banned from emergency departments

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e635
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Hospitals in England are under pressure to ban advertisements by “no win, no fee” lawyers that many NHS trusts have been using to boost their revenue and defray the cost of producing information leaflets for patients.

The health minister Simon Burns has promised to ask the NHS chief executive, David Nicholson, to write to hospitals “to remind them it is not acceptable to display these adverts.” He added: “The NHS is spending more and more each year on cases brought by aggressive no win, no fee lawyers. This money should be spent on patient care, not on …

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