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Expert witnesses should be locally controlled and provided by accredited specialist groups within NHS trusts, according to proposals from the CMO Sir Liam Donaldson.
His report recommends an overhaul of the expert witness system and makes 16 proposals, which would need an entirely new body to oversee their work.
Teams of specialists and other professionals in local NHS organisations would group together 'to improve the quality of the service by introducing mentoring, supervision and peer review, backed up by a new National Knowledge Service to support the medical expert witness programme' the report proposes.
It also suggests a checklist to be used …