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  • AvMA welcomes Justice Committee’s report on the Coroner’s Service

    May 27, 2021

    The report makes important recommendations for change, in our view there are three key recommendations which offer an opportunity for significant improvements to healthcare inquests. These recommendations if implemented, should enable the coroner’s court to fulfil its potential as an effective forum for change. The first recommendation is for the introduction of a new body […]

  • Free webinar “Successful Engagement with Healthcare Providers After a Serious Incident”

    May 25, 2021

    AvMA is working with Making Families Count, an organisation that aims to improve outcomes for families affected by serious harm and traumatic bereavements in health and social care services. Their vision is that the NHS, social care and other public bodies will make families count by ensuring that families are integral to health and social […]

  • AvMA welcomes new trustees

    April 20, 2021

    AvMA is delighted to announce that four new trustees and two trainee trustees have joined the board from April 2021. The innovative option to join as a “trainee trustee” was established for those with a keen interest in the charity and qualities to offer who may as yet lack experience of boards, committees, governance etc […]

  • Health professional regulation reforms could be a missed opportunity

    April 8, 2021

    The Government has opened a public consultation on its proposals to ‘modernise’ health professional regulation ( the roles of the GMC, NMC etc) in a document called Regulating health professionals, protecting the public. AvMA welcomes the consultation but has some serious concerns about the lack of attention to the ‘protecting the public’ aspect. These proposals […]

  • NHS urged to create a ‘Harmed Patient Pathway’

    February 11, 2021

    AvMA is pleased to be working with the Harmed Patients Alliance (HPA) with the aim of defining a Harmed Patient Pathway – a nationally agreed range of support that patients or their families can expect to be available following avoidable harm. This stems from the experience of patients and families who have experienced avoidable harm and […]

  • AvMA appoints new Chair

    December 9, 2020

    At its AGM on 8th December AvMA elected a new Chair, Moi Ali. The appointment comes as the previous chair, Suzanne Shale, stepped down from being a trustee of the charity following her appointment to the board of the GMC. Moi has been a trustee of AvMA since 2018 and has a wealth of experience […]

  • AvMA statement re the Dixon Inquiry report by Dr Bill Kirkup CBE

    November 26, 2020

    Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) welcomes the report published today into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 11 month old Elizabeth Dixon in December 2001. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said: “Our thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Dixon. Without their remarkable strength and determination these revelations would never have come to light. The […]

  • It’s National ProBono Week

    November 2, 2020

    It’s National Pro Bono Week and AvMA wants to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who volunteers for us pro bono, whether that is on the Helpline, the Inquest Service, or our written Advice and Information! Our volunteers show incredible commitment and help us make an incredible difference for people who suffer […]

  • COVID-19 Clinical Negligence Protocol 2020

    October 6, 2020

    The Clinical Negligence Protocol came into effect on 14th August and has been signed by NHS Resolution, SCIL and AvMA. The protocol has been designed so that individual firms do not need to sign up to it. The protocol provides for suspension of the limitation period in all clinical negligence cases; it is intended that […]

  • Clinical negligence protocol during pandemic agreed

    August 14, 2020

    AvMA is pleased to have worked with its lawyer members, NHS Resolution and the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL) to agree a joint protocol on the handling of clinical negligence claims during the pandemic. It offers some assurance to those unfortunate enough to have to pursue a clinical negligence claim during these difficult times […]