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Legal aid cuts may have fuelled rise in clinical negligence costs

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 19 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4337
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

Cuts to legal aid have helped fuel rises in the amount that clinical negligence costs the NHS, Robert Francis QC has said.

Francis, who led the public inquiry into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, raised the issue at a Westminster Health Forum seminar on clinical negligence in London on 14 September. He said that restrictions on access to justice had not helped to contain increases in litigation costs, and may …

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