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Civil Litigation Bill could lead to increased GP indemnity costs, MDDUS warns

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I can see this as a double edge sword . On one end , the defendant, being presumed innocent under the spirit of common law , was ‘protected’ by not needing to pay his/her legal costs if the claimant was proven to be unsuccessful in the pursuit. On the other hand , this new bill is aiming at reducing inequality where financially ‘weaker’ claimants were ‘prevented’ from pursuing with the fear of paying hefty legal fees if the claim turned out to be unsuccessful, especially if the defendant was financially well off to appoint lawyers with high reputation. The culprit here is not the spirit of this new legislation . The ‘injustice’, instead(like many other well developed countries), lies exactly where lawyers are allowed to charge under a complex fee system to earn variable amount of profits.The Justice Committee’s recommendatiin recommendation to curb additional fees mentioned above, is perhaps trying to addresss this issue , but only partially. Look at the US , it never stops the temptation to criticise that the ‘rich’ with their ‘rich lawyers’ rule the court ....... For us , this trend of more legal reforms only means one thing ; the state must pay our indemnity fees in full. This is not just about money but also showing willingness and responsibility of the state to share the burden of the high legal risks GPs are facing every day ,under a (yet) state-funded health system called NHS . Nothing more , nothing less.

Posted date

06 Jan 2018

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8:01am

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