Tory ex-health min­is­ter backs call for 1p tax to save the NHS

Lord Prior wants in­crease in NI

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

will al­low us to de­liver high-qual­ity care that peo­ple ex­pect. I’m call­ing for 1p ex­tra on Na­tional In­sur­ance.” Last week, a Comres poll for the Mir­ror showed 82% sup­port among vot­ers for a 1p rise.

The In­sti­tute for Pub­lic Pol­icy Re­search think­tank also wants an in­crease. Di­rec­tor Tom Kibasi said: “This would gen­er­ate the ex­tra fund­ing the NHS needs un­til 2022.” To­day, a re­port by the in­sti­tute, Lord Prior, and top sur­geon Lord Darzi urges the Govern­ment to in­clude so­cial care in its long-term NHS plan­ning.

Mean­while, more than 500,000 NHS pa­tients are wait­ing al­most five months – more than the 18-week tar­get – for rou­tine treat­ment, data shows. Over four mil­lion pa­tients are now on the NHS wait­ing list, the first time in a decade it has topped that num­ber.

UN­DER STRAIN NHS faces huge fi­nan­cial pres­sures FEARS Lord Prior CALL Gordon Brown in Mir­ror

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