Public supports increasing taxes to fund the NHS

More proof that Tory ideology is causing the winter crisis


As the healthcare crisis deepens, and the government insists that there’s no more money available, new YouGov polling shows that a majority of people would willingly increase their national insurance contributions to fund the NHS.

Across every social group, a clear majority supports the increase to National Insurance, with especially large margins among women, the middle class, left-leaning voters and the elderly.

So why do the Tories still insist that we can’t afford to invest more in the NHS? Could it have more to do with party ideology than the public interest?

See: Jeremy Corbyn grills Theresa May on NHS and ‘shared society’

See: Jeremy Hunt’s weekend GP plans face 1,900 doctor shortfall

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5 Responses to “Public supports increasing taxes to fund the NHS”

  1. Michael WALKER

    As an OAP I support raising NI contributions to raise more money for the NHS.
    That means other people pay and not me.

  2. Michael

    As a Senior Citizen, I have already paid a working lifetime’s NI contributions. Having put something in, I expect to get something out.

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  4. Ken Patterson

    As a working pensioner, I’d happily pay NI on all my earned income and pay a 1% NHS tax on my pension.

  5. Terry McGinn

    There was a good reason why the founding principles of the NHS were that it be “free at the point of delivery – and funded out of general taxation”
    The second part was and id as important as the first. Those far-seeing people recognised that if it were funded out of a specific fund or a hypothecated tax it would be vulnerable to supplementation and people would be “free to pay for non-medical aspects of their care” such as their hotel facilities and catering.
    There are those who see an alteration away from “general taxation” as one of the means of destroying the shared risk of being ill.

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