"Would he suggest not-buying antibiotics to pay for more nurses?"
I think he's been doing it the other way round: buying the drugs but increasing the workloads of nurses to the point where patients aren't getting fed or are developing bed sores.
"Or reducing ward hygiene?"
Yup, that seems to have been going on as well.
And we haven't talked about patients on trolleys and the increases in waiting times. (That's probably where it would have ended up: increased waiting times.)