The Opinium survey found 77% of voters think the NHS is underfunded [Image: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Images].

UK citizens are quite happy to pay an extra penny on one of the taxes we already have.

The idea of a separate ‘NHS tax’, floated by the Tories, is a fairly transparent tool to use against the service, as readers of This Site have probably already guessed.

Separating it out offers a chance to complain about the amount being paid – making it look as though the NHS is too expensive, even though it is far cheaper for individuals than any private, profit-driven service would be.

This survey result is extremely healthy.

It shows the public has no interest in the products being pushed by the Tory snake-oil salespeople.

Almost two thirds of voters back putting an extra 1p on income tax to solve the funding crisis engulfing the NHS and social care, a new poll for the Observer has found.

The Opinium survey found that 65% would be happy to pay an extra penny in the pound ring-fenced for health and social care, even after being shown what the increase would actually mean for their personal tax bill.

It found that the NHS and health was the priority issue for voters, with 68% of voters identifying it as important. Brexit was in second place on 42%, with immigration a concern for a third (33%) of voters.

By an overwhelming margin, voters think the NHS is underfunded (77%), while most think the police (66%) and schools (59%) also require more money. When asked which party they most trust to manage the NHS, Labour has a 14 point lead (39% to 25%).

Source: Almost two thirds of voters back extra 1p on income tax for the NHS | Society | The Guardian


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