Hospital cuts: 'Most people would agree to pay more tax to help solve NHS problems,' says Patients Association

'Most people would agree to pay more tax to help solve NHS problems,' says Patients Association

Hospital services in England could be cut further

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Increasing taxes would help solve the problems in the NHS, and it is likely the next budget will include more funding for the NHS, according to the Patients Association.

Hospital services in almost two-thirds of England could be cut or scaled down, according to the BBC. NHS bosses have made proposals in order to save money, including hospitals closing and specialist services being cut. 

Chairman of the Patients Association Dr Mike Smith told Julia Hartley-Brewer that "most people would agree with a small increase in their basic rate of taxes" to better fund the NHS.

In a recent interview, Jeremy Hunt was asked whether the NHS will receive more funding, Smith believes his facial expression showed that this is likely: “It was good to see his face when they said, 'is more money due for the NHS?' and he said, ‘Well, that’s up to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor,' Implying that he was saying, ‘yes, there is need for more money.’”

As a result, Dr Smith admitted he felt "a little more positive than I would have done even a month ago."

He also believes the next budget should include more NHS funding as "it’s popular with the bulk of the population." Otherwise, he predicted, the Government "will go down in" popularity.

Listen to the full interview above