The NHS is to ban law firms from advertising inside hospitals in an attempt to stem the rising tide of compensation claims.
A NHS spokesperson says that it is not right that firms suing the NHS should advertise in the NHS, adding that the worst thing about a stay in hospital is having to fight of the waves of trip and slip lawyers.
Law firm advertising is pretty awful, but probably not the worst thing about a hospital stay.
I also doubt that a ban on advertising will achieve any meaningful reduction in compensation claims.
The UK is a long way from a US-styled compensation culture, and stopping law firms from advertising in hospitals is a little like using a sticking plaster to mend a broken leg.
Ambulance chasing lawyers are to be banned from hospital premises under new laws which block them from advertising their services or approaching families within NHS property. The outright ban will come into effect from 1 February in a bid to clampdown on the spiraling number of NHS compensation claims, prompting draconian efforts to curtail their activities by choking off the supply of office space and advertising opportunities to law firms and claims management companies.