This week the NHS has been thrust back into the political spotlight after the Institute for Fiscal Studies released a report which claims spending on the NHS has to increase by 3.3% over the next fifteen years to match current performance. The report also claims that it would require a 4% increase if services were to improve. And that a similar rise of 3.9% would have to take place in regards to social care due to a projected increase in demand.
The report has widely been translated in the mainstream media as meaning each household across the UK will have to foot an increased tax bill of £2000 to maintain the NHS. However, Dr Louise Irvine, a practicing GP and Secretary to the NHA recently pointed out in an interview with BBC London and LBC, that the discourse around the report is highly misleading. As the £2000 is predicted to form a quarter of an average £8000 increase in annual household income across the UK by 2030.
On top of this Dr Irvine demonstrated that the report has failed to look at a significant number of avenues which could raise funding for the NHS which are not reliant on an increase in taxation. She also pointed out the falsity of attempts to paint the increase in tax as something that ought to be done on a regressive basis.
You can listen to the whole of Dr Irvine’s interview with BBC London and LBC up above.
The National Health Action (NHA) Party was founded in 2012 to oppose the growing marketisation of the NHS. The NHA Party stood against Jeremy Hunt in his SW Surrey constituency in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, taking 12,093 votes in the latter: a 7.8% swing to NHA. The Party also supports a move to a more fair and honest political system.