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