The government's involvement in this process is fundamentally wrong and is another step that is undermining our justice system.
We cannot, as Danny put it in the film Hot Fuzz, act as judge, Judy and executioner. Except if you happen to be running the government, it would seem. In Whitehall, the rule appears to be that if something isn’t to your liking, simply change the rules so it is. In areas such as personal injury and employment, there is always the lingering suspicion that moves to reform the claims process have certain advantages for insurers and big businesses. But in the case of clinical negligence cases and claims made against the armed forces, the situation is much clearer. The government is both defendant and reformer, and is fundamentally conflicted.