If the NHSLA made an early admission of liability in cases where it is due, the clinical negligence costs to the NHS would be a lot less. Instead the NHSLA has a habit of stringing cases out until the door of the court and then settling at the last minute, having run up large legal fees on both sides along the way. Presumably they do this in the hope that the injured Claimants will get so worn down by NHSLA’s delays and intransigence that they simply give up. Of course, if the NHS concentrated its efforts on preventing harm to patients in the first place, there would be fewer claims as a result and consequently legal costs would be lower.