Feb 5, 2018

NHS 'should be funded by new tax'

A new ring-fenced tax to fund the NHS and social care has been proposed by a panel of health experts. The panel, set up by the Liberal Democrats, says the NHS in England should be given an extra £4bn on top of inflation in the next financial year. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson NHS funding "Is at a record high". The 10-member panel included former NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson, Peter Carter, former chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing and Clare Gerada, former chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs. It said on top of the £4bn extra needed for next year, an additional £2.5bn would be required for both 2019 and 2020. The idea of a levy dedicated to funding the NHS was also suggested by former minister Nick Boles.

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