Lord Kerslake says: ‘Health spending needs to rise at least in line with GDP’ [Image: Steve Parsons/PA].


Is this former civil service chief simply saying what people want to hear, in order to sooth concerns?

A Conservative Government, such as we have now, will not increase income tax to fund a National Health Service it wants to kill – and be in no doubt about that; the Tories are avid to kill the NHS.

No – the plan is to starve the NHS of funding and resources, thereby eroding service standards in order to increase complaints. Think about the A&E crisis and the winter care crisis. The dispute with junior doctors is part of this – if they leave the NHS because of a pay offer by Jeremy Hunt that is dangerous to patients, who do you think will get the blame when patient care suffers? Not Mr Hunt because the mass media are his party’s puppies.

Increased complaints will allow the Conservative Parasites to say a publicly-funded health service doesn’t work, and health should be handed entirely to their friends, the private healthcare parasites – who will charge high prices.

Result: Poor people lose all healthcare. The return of diseases we haven’t seen since the 1940s. A massive increase in infirmity among working class people and the unemployed.

For the Conservative Parasites – job done.

Income tax will have to increase by at least 3p in the pound to deal with the massive pressures on NHS funding and to guarantee future healthcare, the former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake has said.

In a stark assessment of NHS finances, Kerslake said that big questions needed to be asked to ensure that spending kept up with medical advances, an ageing population and the need to invest in hospitals.

Kerslake said: “Health spending needs to rise at least in line with GDP. Arguably, we may need to go faster if we want to match European funding. You might argue there is a discount there because we have a more efficient system. But it’s got to be at least GDP-linked otherwise I don’t think we’ll get there.”

The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that increasing NHS spending in line with the growth of the economy, rather than seeing it rise simply in line with inflation, would involve a 3p in the pound increase on all tax bands.

Source: Income tax must rise 3p to stop NHS ‘staggering from year to year’ | Society | The Guardian

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