Tory ex-health minister backs call for 1p tax to save the NHS
Lord Prior wants increase in NI
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