Further to an earlier post...
Why money had to be spent on an external agency to identify where to make cuts and savings...? Possibly that explains the government's desire to nanny us all by harping on about fags, booze, fat and lazy lifestyles. Stop these and get fit so that you do not fall ill and end up in hospitals where there are no clinical staff but plenty of clipboard wavers who will ensure you receive equal access to a lack of services.
I've just heard on the radio that ministers deny any intent to act upon this report. So why commission the report in the first place unless it is the usual mealy mouthed politicians approach to making hard decisions: prevaricate, obfuscate and blame others before panicking and making cuts in all the wrong areas.
Cuts do have to be made but by identifying what the NHS is for...mend, repair, care, cure in a timely fashion and where really needed in clean
hospitals and in the community. Support the staff to do this: pay, necessary admin. All the rest is extraneous and can likely be cut. Bloody hell, I'm wound up before I've even arrived at work.