Who's planning what cuts?
The NHS Confederation says that the health service will face the most severe and sustained financial shortfall in its history after 2011, leaving the NHS in England facing a real-terms reduction of between £8bn and £10bn.
Yet the new Health Secretary Andy Burnham refuses to say where the cuts will fall.
Meantime the shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley promised that they too would keep health spending rising in real terms but appeared to blurt out Tory plans for cuts elsewhere on the Today programme this morning:
"We are going to increase the resources for the NHS. We are going to increase resources for international development aid. We are going to increase resources for schools. But that does mean over three years after 2011 a 10% reduction in the departmental expenditure limits for other departments. It is a very tough spending requirement indeed."
Now a Conservative party spokesman claims - somewhat implausibly you might think - that what their spokesman was saying was that : "If cuts in the health budget are to be avoided Labour are planning to cut other departments' spending by 10%."
In truth, aren't both Burnham and Lansley guilty of not spelling out the truth about what the huge deficit means?