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Government to limit legal aid access for some cases

The family of a girl who sustained brain injuries due to complications before her delivery fear changes to the legal aid system will deny others from receiving justice.

The parents of the young girl who was left brain damaged due to blunders before her birth had received state support when fighting for medical negligence compensation against the Welsh Ambulance Service.

The ambulance service has since admitted partial liability for the injuries sustained and the family is waiting for experts to evaluate how much care and equipment their daughter will need in the future before a final compensation settlement can be determined.

While this family's fight for compensation has gone on, the UK government has announced plans to save £350m a year on legal aid by 2015 by limiting access for medical negligence cases.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said, "At more than £2.1bn per year, we have one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world which in the current financial climate we just cannot continue to afford."

The bill is aimed at replacing legal aid for some medical negligence compensation cases with a renewed system of no win, no fee arrangements. However, more serious and complex clinical negligence cases, which result in severe disability, will still be applicable for legal aid.


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