Local Taxpayer Powers for MPs/Mayors – who else? What is National about breaking up the Health Services?

Should there be local Taxpayer Powers for MPs/Mayors – who else? What is National about breaking up the Health Services? Joe Murphy in The Evening Standard on 22nd September reports: Mayor of London ‘should have power to tax residents to pay for a better NHS’.  Wriggling on a hook they have baited themselves by neglect, the politicians including the Liberals want to explore every possible device and arena – except rationing… Other areas of the country (Norfolk) will follow: the richer areas will do well, and the poorer and more rural will do badly if this is accepted. The suggestion denies the mutuality needed in a successful, joined up and equitable health service…

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The Mayor of London should have the power to tax residents to pay for a  better NHS, the Liberal Democrat health spokesman said today.

Norman Lamb told the Standard:  “Why can’t London decide to spend more on vital services for older people, to improve cancer services or for  mental health if it chooses?”

Under plans floated today most health spending would be funded from a dedicated tax highlighted on payslips — but regional leaders could raise extra to tackle local needs if they wished.

“I am very interested in the idea of a dedicated NHS and care contribution — separating it out from the rest of taxation, clearly identified on your pay slip,” Mr Lamb said. “And I am really interested in the idea of the right for local areas to raise additional funds for the NHS and care if they choose.”

The plan is not yet official Lib-Den policy, but Mr Lamb said the NHS faces collapse without an emergency cash injection. The Local Government Association has estimated £5 billion more is needed to cover a black hole in social care and higher pay bills because of the new living wage.

Eastern Daily Press reports 22nd September: Norfolk MP to raise prospect of local areas being given powers to raise extra funds for NHS and care,

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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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