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  • GMC consultation on the future of good medical practice

    May 18, 2022

    The General Medical Council (GMC) is consulting on an updated version of Good medical practice – the standards of professional behaviour and patient care expected from all doctors in the UK. Good medical practice is at the heart of patient care across the UK. It emphasises a patient’s right to be treated with dignity, respect […]

  • Peter Walsh, Chief Executive of AvMA, to retire at end of 2022

    May 16, 2022

    Peter Walsh will be retiring in December 2022 after 20 years as the Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). He will stay in post until the new chief executive is successfully appointed and takes up their role, and will be available to handover to his successor. Peter advised AvMA of his plans for […]

  • Charities and patients urge Sajid Javid to think again re controversial plans to clamp down on clinical negligence claims

    May 3, 2022

    Nine charities/patients organisations, including AvMA, the Patients Association, Mencap and Mind have written to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care urging him to think again about plans to impose fixed costs on lower value clinical negligence claims. They see the plans as a threat to both access to justice and […]

  • “CRUDE AND CRUEL”: AvMA’s response to ‘fixed recoverable costs’ consultation

    April 26, 2022

    AvMA has submitted a detailed response to the Department of Health and social Care’s consultation on proposals to impose fixed costs on ‘lower value’ clinical negligence claims. We firmly believe that the proposals as they stand would mean that many injured people or their families will not be able to find a solicitor to represent them […]

  • AvMA reaction to the Ockenden Report

    March 31, 2022

    AvMA warmly welcomes the Ockenden Report of the Shrewsbury and Telford Maternity Scandal published on 30th March 2022 and pays tribute to the women and families whose bravery and tenacity have made this possible. However, like many others, AvMA is frustrated that the lessons from inquiries like this so often are lost after the initial […]

  • Pentland Medical becomes latest AvMA “Partner for Patient Safety”

    February 1, 2022

    AvMA is delighted to welcome Pentland Medical as our latest “Partner for Patient Safety”. Partners for Patient Safety is AvMA’s corporate membership scheme which enables companies and public bodies to align themselves with the cause of patient safety and support the vital charitable work that AvMA does. AvMA believes that everyone has a role to play […]

  • Fixed recoverable costs proposals “illogical and potentially unfair”

    January 31, 2022

    The Government had today (31 January 2022) opened a consultation into fixed recoverable costs in lower value clinical negligence claims in England and Wales. The consultation proposes a new scheme which the Government claims will “enable claimants and defendants to achieve faster resolution of ‘lower value’ clinical negligence claims (claims valued up to and including […]

  • New chair and trustees of AvMA

    December 11, 2021

    AvMA is delighted to announce that Jocelyn Cornwell has been elected as the new chair of AvMA’s trustee board. Jocelyn is perhaps is best known as the founder and past CEO of the Point of Care Foundation, but has a wide range of other healthcare and regulatory experience as well as relevant personal experience. Read […]

  • Health and Social Care Committee inquiry: NHS litigation reform

    November 18, 2021

    AvMA has submitted evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into NHS Litigation Reform. AvMA’s submission can be found here. AvMA’s chief executive is also due to give oral evidence before the committee on 11th January. The Committee is naturally very concerned about the large financial cost of clinical negligence to the NHS, […]