NHS funding is supposedly ring-fenced from the cutbacks deriving from the dire economic state which the bankers have left us in, not from any inherent financial mismanagement. The conservative changes are entirely dogma driven. Tony Bliar's New Labour had increased funding to almost match the European average, while subcontracting much of the provision of services to private sector concerns. The PFI (Private Finance Initiative) system has been disastrous. This is where a health region contracts with a private builder for new hospital borrowing the finance from the market. the building remains the property of the builder, who leases it back to the health authority which paid them to build it. Normally the contract lasts up to 30 years, but incredibly, in the case of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, they will never own their building! The current NHS is a hollow shell, forced to adopt dubious notional business type practices in the daily operation of a public service. The Tory changes superimposed on this may well put the service at risk, not because it is inefficient or ineffective, but because it has been milked dry.