Pay £10 monthly NHS England charge, says ex-Labour minister

BBC news reports 31st April 2014: Pay £10 monthly NHS England charge, says ex-Labour minister

A former Labour health minister has suggested people in England pay a £10 monthly membership charge to use NHS services.

The plan comes from a report for the Reform think tank, which argued the money was needed to fill a £30bn funding gap, expected by 2020.

Lord Warner told Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics that the government could not go on “shoving more money into the NHS from general taxation with the situation we have got.”

Mark Ferguson, editor of LabourList, said that even though the NHS was “facing a big funding crunch,” the Labour party would never support the idea.

So why not include a membership card, incorporating an identity card, and “pin” access to your medical notes, tax code and any other personal details you wish to include? It is odd that even a labour party member can consider a hypothecated tax for health care. Without addressing the fundamental philosophy, and what conditions patients/citizens should expect to be self sufficient regarding, and what is excluded by Health Service membership, any such scheme will fail.

Norman Warner and Jack O’Sullivan report in The Guardian: £10 each can save the NHS

The NHS no longer meets the country’s needs. Rather than managing decline, politicians and the public must face uncomfortable truths

Ian Johnston for The Independent reports: NHS patients should pay monthly fee, says former Labour minister

The Mail reports: Call for £10 a month fee to use NHS and £20 a night to stay in hospital: Former Labour health minister says out-of-date service needs the cash

Reform report: Solving the NHS care and cash crisis

What a nightmare. Evasion, denial and political cowardice conspire to make the Health service doomed to a downward spiral until a real non-political debate is entered into..

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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