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.

2  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MP.  For an easy way to locate and contact your MP click here.  To download our template for a letter to MPs which you can personalise click here.

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. 

Further Information

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: 

Holly's story

Andrew's story

Ayesha's story

Aaron's story

Alfie's story

Jack's story

In the media

Here is some of the media coverage directly related to our campaign.

Peter Walsh letter in Guardian 18.04.11 

Yorkshire Post re Legal Aid 08.04.11

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

Total Politics Magazine: full page article on clinical negligence costs/Legal Aid 14.02.11

Heart Radio re clinical negligence claims 04.02.11

The Guardian: Scrapping of Legal Aid 16.11.10  

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