Access to Justice in Clinical Negligence
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill currently going through Parliament includes taking clinical negligence out of scope for legal aid and changes to the way that no-win no-fee arrangements work. The combined effect will, in our view, deny access to justice to some of the needy and deserving victims of clinical negligence. It will also harm the NHS's work on patient safety, will probably cost the taxpayer more overall and will certainly add significantly to the NHS bill. That is why even the NHS Litigation Authority wants legal aid kept for clinical negligence. For more details read AvMA's briefing. You can watch Peter Walsh, AvMA's Chief Executive, talking about the Bill here.
TOGETHER, WE CAN ALTER THE WORST ASPECTS OF THIS BILL. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN. HERE'S HOW:
1 SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION. Please encourage all your friends and relatives to do the same.
3 For a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the different ways you can currently fund a Clinical Negligence case and how the Bill's proposed changes will affect this, please download our Simple Guide. This may also be sent to clients with the model letter below to help put matters in context.
For full details of the Bill visit the Parliament website.
Solicitors: please download adapt and send our model letter to clients
Real People, Real Lives: Case Studies
Here are just a few examples of people who would not get justice if this Bill goes ahead unchanged:
In the media
Here is some of the media coverage directly related to our campaign.
Legal & Medical Journal: PW article on legal aid / access to justice 30.03.11
The Guardian re Legal Aid 30.03.11
The Guardian re Legal Aid/Clin Neg 03.03.11
Heart Radio re clinical negligence claims 04.02.11