It's becoming evident that the public response to the proposed cuts in public expenditure is what is called 'Fiscal Nimbyism': I'm in favour of cuts, provided they don't affect me. It is also reminiscent of an old joke about the British: they want Swedish public services and American taxes.
Whilst one can understand the electoral pressures that lead the National Health Service to be treated as a sacred cow, it is questionable whether it is sensible to fence off a fifth of the budget in this way. Of course, there will be cuts in the NHS: the so-called 'efficiency savings' will see to that.
But isn't it time to have a more fundamental debate about how we deliver health care that gets beyond complaining about the number of administrators?