The NHS needs more money
18 October 2016
A survey for ITV has found that at least 70% of Brits would pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, while almost half of those surveyed said they would pay an extra 2p in the pound.
The poll of 1,002 people conducted by Survation for a health-focused The Agenda also found that almost half (46%) of Brits thought the current NHS was performing badly with only 23% saying that it was performaing well.
However, while taxpayers seemed prepared to pay more to support the NHS, the poll suggests patients are not willing to pay on an individual basis for specific treatments. Around 66% of respondents said that they would not pay £5 to visit their GP (27% said they would) and 7% said they would reguse to pay £10 with only 15% saying they would do so.
Commenting on the survey results, NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said:
“We know the NHS is under the greatest pressure in a generation. Despite the best efforts of frontline NHS staff, performance targets are being missed, there is a large financial deficit and the regulator says that quality of care is at risk.
"Patients can see this pressure. They’re saying very clearly that they are happy to pay a bit more income tax to get the right quality of care and relieve the pressure on the NHS. We elect governments to make decisions on the NHS budget and we hope the new prime minister and chancellor are listening. And an extra penny on income tax would only give the NHS a quarter of the extra £350 million a week patients were promised in the Brexit referendum campaign.”
Chris appeared on ITV News at Ten on the issue and it will be discussed in depth on The Agenda on ITV1, 8pm on 18 October.