Bill of health
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.