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So looking at the figures, if £100m could be invested in trying to prevent maternity claims by 50% (i.e. more staff), that would still result in a saving of £150m on damages alone? Not to mention that the complexity of those maternity cases mean they are the most expensive legally meaning a big saving on legal costs. Say that 15% claim costs would reduce with a 50% improvement. You have saved £200m just by investing better in the service.

I appreciate it's not an exact science but there has to be an element of the government wanting to help itself and the NHS by being proactive and investing in the right places.

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