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The Medical Innovation Bill

Neurological News Associations

A parliamentary Bill which aims to allow doctors to use innovative medical treatments without fear of being sued is founded on myths, say lawyers. The Medical Innovation Bill was debated by members of the House of Lords. “We are particularly worried about the notion that the Medical Innovation Bill would only apply to dying people who are willing to give anything ...

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APIL Standard Recognised by Legal Aid Agency

Neurological News Associations

Lawyers holding APIL’s clinical negligence accreditation standard will now have access to legal aid for their clients, the Legal Aid Agency has announced. The move follows earlier recognition of the quality of the association’s accreditation scheme from the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which praised the scheme for good practice in its progress report on accreditation schemes published in April. A ...

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New rugby union concussion rules

New rugby union concussion rules

The new rules announced this week for the assessment and management of concussion in professional rugby union are another step forward, according to Headway – the brain injury association. The changes to the existing rules include: The period of time allowed for doctors to assess a player for concussion has been doubled to 10 minutes; All players, coaches and officials now ...

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Headway welcomes new concussion rules

Headway welcomes new concussion rules

We are pleased to join with leading brain injury charity Headway in welcoming this month’s new rules on how Premier League football clubs deal with head injuries. “We are pleased to see the football authorities have addressed the serious issue of concussion,” said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway. “The measures announced are a significant step forward in the protection of ...

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Neurologists decline to give advice after legal aid fee cuts

Neurologists decline to give advice

We were sad to read that a criminal prosecution was put in jeopardy because dozens of medical experts declined to give advice about the defendant’s fitness to stand trial after cuts in their legal aid fees. Until December 2013, Neurologists were being paid about £90 an hour but fees have now been reduced to £72 an hour with no travelling expenses. Medical consultants can charge more ...

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