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New 'Beveridge Group' to consider NHS and Care Tax

September 17, 2016 6:28 PM

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb announced plans today for a 'New Beveridge Group' of independent health experts to consider the case for a dedicated NHS and care tax.

Speaking to party members at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Brighton, former health minister Norman Lamb called for "honesty and straight talking" on the cash crisis facing the health and care sector, raising the possibility of an extra penny on a new dedicated NHS and care tax. The proposal builds on his previous calls for the introduction of a separate health and care tax which would be marked out on people's payslips.

The expert panel will report its recommendations to the party in six months' time.

Mark Jewell, attending the Autumn Conference, commented, "As a proportion of our GDP we are paying less on our health and social care than Greece! We have also seen the root cause of this most damaging dispute with junior doctors is the Government's determination to stretch an already over-strained resource too far. It is also now clear that the £350m per week promised to the NHS by the leave campaign was a cynically peddled myth. So we are left with no hope of extra funding - and the NHS and care system on its knees.

It is for these reasons that am I delighted that the Lib Dems are considering a dedicated NHS and care tax. Our ambition is the nation's ambition. A brilliant, compassionate, modern, effective NHS - and care services that protect and support our most vulnerable."