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”.