wnol.info July 16 2018


Theresa May tells taxpayers to expect to pay more to fund NHS

July 16 2018, 04:21 | Rex Rios

Boris Johnson on the Brexit campaign trail in front of the Vote Leave battlebus

Boris Johnson on the Brexit campaign trail in front of the Vote Leave battlebus

Tory chairwoman of the Commons Health Committee Sarah Wollaston branded talk of a Brexit bonanza "tosh", while shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Government's plans were "just not credible" without details of how they would be funded.

Despite the concerns, most people either "strongly support" (25%) or "tend to support" (29%) increasing taxes on people like themselves to pay for the NHS funding boost.

Other suggestions for where the money might come from include changes to taxation-either freezing tax thresholds or increasing taxes in order to raise the money-and from increasing borrowing.

Her answer that the increase will be partly paid for by a "Brexit dividend" has already been questioned, with Labour saying the government was relying on a "hypothetical" windfall.

The premier said that by the financial year 2023-2024, an extra £20 billion ($26.5 billion, 23 billion euros) a year would be going into the NHS.

However the Scottish official raised concerns surrounding the funding of the NHS in Scotland under the SNP.

Jeremy Hunt, the health minister, who also campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, was quoted by the Sunday Telegraph as saying that the new pledge "can now unite us all".

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry's chief executive Mike Thompson said the funding announcement for the NHS is "very much welcome".

Plus, the funding increase announced focuses only on NHS England.

Mrs May has delayed announcing details about the tax hike until the autumn.

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Macron and Conte also vowed to respect global maritime laws related to humanitarian aid of stranded migrants. Ropes have been strung around the ship to make it easier to walk on deck, video from the Aquarius showed.

The prime minister is facing a backlash for linking her NHS cash boost with the Vote Leave pledge during the referendum campaign to spend Britain's European Union contributions on the health service instead.

May also said taxpayers will have to contribute more to pay for the increased health spending.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said the "significant amount of money" was "welcome confirmation" that the Government is "committed" to the NHS. "Tackling the huge disparity in access to mental health care will have to be an aspiration, rather than reality for another five years".

However speaking to the Today programme this morning, Hunt admitted the Brexit dividend "alone won't be anything like enough".

What does this mean for social care and public health funding?

"We are going to have to find a way of making it easy for people to do the right thing and to save for the long term, to make additional contributions so we have that security we need in the social care system".

"There isn't a Brexit dividend", Johnson told the BBC on Sunday.

"We have looked carefully at what we have put into the NHS to ensure that we deliver world-class healthcare".

The announcement, timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, which delivers care for free to everyone living in Britain, aims to foster unity in the government and the country after two years of bitter divisions over Brexit, the reports said.



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