was originally established in 1982 as 'Action for the Victims of Medical Accidents' following public reaction to the television play 'Minor Complications', by AvMA's founder, Peter Ransley.
In 2000, AvMA's first chief executive, Arnold Simanowitz, was awarded the OBE in recognition of his achievements with AvMA. Arnold retired at the end of 2002 and Peter Walsh became AvMA's new chief executive.
In 2003 the charity changed its name to Action against Medical Accidents, with a new logo and strapline reflecting its mission - ''for patient safety and justice''.
In 2013 Arnold Simanowitz recorded his experiences as the CEO of AvMA in a publication called ‘The Man Under the Clapham Omnibus (The search for patient safety and justice)’. You can watch an excerpt of an interview with Arnold by Leigh Day's head of clinical negligence
, Russell Levy
, in which they discuss AvMA’s history and Arnold’s book.
You can order a copy of ‘The Man Under the Clapham Omnibus’ by downloading the order form
, printing and posting to Leigh Day with a cheque for the correct amount.
Watch the full 20 minute interview
between Russell Levy and Arnold Simanowitz.
Since its inception, AvMA has provided advice and support to over 100,000 people affected by medical accidents, and succeeded in bringing about massive changes to the way that the legal system deals with clinical negligence
and in moving patient safety higher up the agenda in the UK.
The legal reforms of Lord Woolf and the creation of agencies such as the National Patient Safety Agency and Commission for Health Audit and Inspection followed years of AvMA raising these issues and campaigning.
Leigh Day clinical negligence
experts have been at the forefront of those changes, working closely with Arnold Simanowitz and Peter Walsh in the struggle for patient safety and justice.
AvMA is also responsible for making clinical negligence a specialism within legal practice, and continues to accredit solicitors for its specialist panel and promote good practice through comprehensive services to claimant solicitors.