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News - 21 November 2014

NHS want tax rises to preserve services

In a survey by Sky News and the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) found that almost two thirds of health executives think the Government should raise taxes to pay for the NHS.

27% suggested that instead of paying more tax, people should be charged for some services currently provided for free, while 19% called for an increase in waiting times to alleviate pressure on the health service. The same proportion suggested services be reduced.

However, 57% called for spending on the NHS to be increased instead.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“An IPSOS Mori poll of the public also found 39% support for the idea of charging patients for some services. A total of 30% supported the idea the public should pay more tax to maintain NHS care and services, and 62% supported the idea of increasing NHS spending.”

The poll also found that 70% of the public were confident that high-quality care to patients would continue to be delivered over the winter, which was in contrast to the 34% of health executives were either not very confident or not at all confident their Trust would be able to provide high-quality care this winter.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of the FTN, said: "What this data highlights is that we need to do things differently and have an honest and national debate on the choice between more money for the NHS or a lower level of care.

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