Conmpletely agree that cutting the NHS is a stupid idea, we have arguabley the best all round healthcare service for the money in the world, an increase in fuding could see it become the best as well as creating thousands of careers, not just short term jobs to win votes. Unfortunately investment in public services doesn't generate nearly as much defecit decreasing capital as in the private sector. However as we all know there are many other targets for savings such as these bloody aircraft carriers, trident replacement, ID cards etc. We could also up student fees by 100% £3k is pretty token anyway.
Cut waste, cut incompetance, cut red tape, cut beaurocracy. Improve efficiency. It's that simple.
What waste? we have a massively sucessful healtcare system on the whole with universal coverage at a low cost? Sure there are efficieny savings to be made in any opperation but the NHS being run by mere humans coupled with its size means there is going to be a large amount of waste. I dare say some of that waste goe towards helping people in need too. I do take the point that in a non-competitive market efficency and value often loose out but for the money it's pretty good.