About Action Against Medical Accidents

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the independent UK wide charity for patient safety and justice, established over 30 years ago. AvMA is widely credited with both having put “patient safety” on the map and having brought about huge advances in access to justice for those patients who have been affected by lapses in patient safety (“medical accidents”).


AvMA provides a unique medico-legal advisory service to people affected by medical accidents. Help is available to the public through our Helpline and written casework service including support with inquests. AvMA helps over 3,000 people a year. We are constantly reviewing how we can develop services to best meet unmet needs.

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