In that case cash is needed. This is not the moment to suggest a detailed programme for raising that moeny, but one idea I put forward to the meeting I was at on health and tax justice yesterday was simple. We could charge VAT on private health care. If we did HMRC says we’d raise just over £2 billion in extra funding.
I call that a no brainer. It’s affordable by those who would pay. It’s an exemption that is not needed. It’s a tax that could redirect resources to meet need. Let’s start debate there.
Blimey. We’re going to increase demand for NHS services by making the private sector alternative more expensive.
And this is how we’re going to deal with a shortage of money for the NHS?