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New recommendations to tackle shortage of medical experts prepared to work with family courts
  • Dec 6, 2019
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A working group seeking solutions to the dearth of medical experts willing to work in the family courts has made 22 recommendations for change including a simpler process for payment and allowing courts work to be part of employment contracts.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, last year established the working group to identify the scale of medical expert witness shortages and seek possible solutions.

The group, chaired by Mr Justice Williams, has now issued its draft report for consultation ahead of a final report due next spring.

Its recommendations include that the medical royal colleges and the working group should engage with NHS England and clinical commissioning groups to seek changes to contracts so healthcare professionals can undertake expert witness work “within the parameters of their employment contracts”.

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