Bill of health

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THE NHS is one of the most en­vied or­gan­i­sa­tions in the world, and rightly so. Medical treat­ment is free at the point of use, but over re­cent years, the de­mands on it have in­creased con­sid­er­ably and it is un­der­funded.

It costs the Gov­ern­ment roughly £2,200 per per­son per year in Eng­land — a to­tal in 2017/18 of £122 bil­lion.

It would be the eas­i­est thing in the world for it to raise in­come taxes to help pay for the in­creases in run­ning costs, but that would lose votes. Peo­ple tend to for­get about all these ser­vices un­til they need them.

How­ever, there is a sim­pler so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. There are now 821,000 millionaire house­holds in Bri­tain, with a to­tal wealth of £6.5 tril­lion. If each of these house­holds were to do­nate £100,000 to an NHS fund, that would gen­er­ate £82.1 bil­lion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, if every work­ing adult and ex­pat do­nated £5 per month to the same fund, it would take huge pres­sure off the NHS and the Gov­ern­ment.

The NHS ben­e­fits us all and de­serves our sup­port. Bri­tish peo­ple, by their na­ture, are a char­i­ta­ble race — and char­ity be­gins at home. JOHN FAIR (ex-RAF),

Castle­bar, Co Mayo.

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