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Is either legal aid or the NHS less important?

Access to justice is undeniably less immediate in its nature than a medical emergency, but the long-term repercussions for people are not incomparable, says Pippa Allsop

20 October 2015

Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt has been compelled to revaluate his position this month, in relation to what the British Medical Association previously branded a ‘wholesale attack’
on doctors. The row over the government’s proposals for
a new junior doctors contract
to be implemented in August 2016 has led to threats of strike action from those who will be affected. The juniors argue
the changes will not only
‘devalue’ their role, but more importantly, increased working hours will also put NHS patients at risk.

Though undoubtedly the requirements for facilitating access to free healthcare and access to justice are entirely different, nonetheless the question arises: is either one less important? Admittedly, many junior solicitors, while justifiably complaining about their hours
of work, could hardly complain about their salaries. Overtime ...

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