29 JUN 2011
• Insurance company AXA announces it will stop accepting fees from personal injury lawyers
• West Midlands Police alone made over £622,000 in a year from contractor tip-off fees over 24,891 vehicles
By James Slack and Damien Gayle | Mail Online
An MEP has demanded an inquiry into claims two Merseyside hospitals passed on confidential patient medical records to ambulance chasing lawyers.
Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP for the North West, said he had heard complaints from constituents bombarded with messages from personal injury law firms after hospital treatment.
The claims have emerged as insurance company AXA UK announced it would no longer accept referral fees from law firms and called for reform to whiplash damages.
'AXA hopes this action is a first step in a journey to reform the emerging compensation culture which is spiralling out of control and encourages Government to ban referral fees completely,' the company said in a statement.
The developments come the day after the Daily Mail revealed that police are raking in millions of pounds from selling on the details of drivers who have had a road accident.
A Mail investigation found that police officers are often the first link in a chain of tip offs and kick backs as police, insurance companies, unscrupulous lawyers and breakdown firms conspire to exploit powerless motorists.
UKIP MEP Mr Nuttall demanded an inquiry into the Wirral and Royal Liverpool Hospital NHS Trusts after he was approached by constituents who feared their confidentiality had been breached in the same way.
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