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NHS 'should be funded by new tax'

NHS 'should be funded by new tax'
From BBC - February 4, 2018

A new ring-fenced tax to fund the NHS and social care has been proposed by a panel of health experts.

The panel, set up by the Liberal Democrats, says the NHS in England should be given an extra 4bn on top of inflation in the next financial year.

It has suggested replacing National Insurance with the new tax to close the funding gap.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson NHS funding "is at a record high".

"[It] was prioritised in the Budget with an extra 2.8bn, on top of the additional 2bn already provided for social care over the next three years, and an additional 437m of funding for winter," the spokesperson said.

The future of NHS money has been hotly debated as hospitals struggle to cope with the pressure on resources.

Last month, tens of thousands of non-urgent operations were delayed.

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