Hinkley C”not essential”

Well, maybe not to the country as a whole but our LEP members with their nuclear interests would be devastated with most of their eggs in its basket!

“The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is “not essential” for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, according to a think tank.

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) also said opting for “established” approaches instead would save bill payers £1bn a year in total.EDF Energy, which has agreed to back Hinkley, said the ECIU report did not offer “credible alternatives”. 

The government is due to make a final decision on Hinkley in the autumn. …”

Definition: Efficiency savings vs. Cuts

In the news today, NHS “efficiency savings” and NHS “cuts”. So what is the difference?

“Efficiency savings” – Delivering the same service for less money by being more efficient i.e. training enough nurses, avoiding using expensive agency staff, reducing the cost of administration etc.

“Cuts” – Delivering a poorer service for less money – by closing beds, shedding front line staff etc.

Judge for yourself where Jeremy Hunt’s proposals are “Efficiency savings” or “Cuts”.

“NHS plans closures and radical cuts to combat growing deficit in health budget”

As if here in East Devon we didn’t already know it – yet our LEP still sees Hinkley C as its main priority in Somerset and Devon- a project that will make a lot of money for many of its members – with mere platitudes about our health services.

“NHS bosses throughout England are quietly drawing up plans for hospital closures, cutbacks and radical changes to the way healthcare is delivered in an attempt to meet spiralling demand and plug the hole in their finances, an investigation by the Guardian and campaign group 38 Degrees has revealed.”