Banning personal injury legal service advertising in Welsh hospitals could cost the NHS in the country as much as GBP 1 million, it has been warned.
According to the Claims Standards Council (CSC), plans put forward by health minister Edwina Hart to remove the adverts could mean NHS trusts are forced to pay compensation for breaching contracts.
Andrew Wigmore, policy director of the CSC, commented that he does not believe the minister has sufficiently investigated the nature of the contracts that the legal firms have with the trusts.
He added: “I think Edwina Hart’s ignorance on this issue is breathtaking, she has directly put in jeopardy the right of her constituents to obtain access to justice by banning this service, her actions are fundamentally detrimental to the consumer.”
Last week, Ms Hart told hospitals in Wales to stop handing out leaflets to patients which include advertisements offering them help to claim compensation.