Lib Dem NHS policy announcement

May 12, 2017 6:27 PM
Originally published by Hartlepool Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats will set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

The key element of this is a one percent rise on income tax, raising around £6bn per year, which will be ringfenced to be spent on the NHS, care services and public health.

In the longer term, we will introduce a dedicated Health and Care Tax, which will bring spending on both services into a collective budget and set out transparently, on people's payslips, what we spend on their services.

The manifesto will also call for a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and care. An 'Office of Health and Care Funding', similar to the Office for Budget Responsibility. This would report every three years on how much money the system needs based on meeting government health targets and to fund new initiatives, while also covering projected increases in demand.