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Government should raise taxes to fund NHS and social care, say experts

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1381 (Published 17 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1381
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A group of healthcare experts has urged the government to consider various options for raising taxes to provide extra funding for the NHS and social care in England.

In an interim report published on Thursday 16 March, the expert panel, assembled by the Liberal Democrats’ shadow health secretary, Norman Lamb, to suggest solutions for tackling the current funding crisis, said it was “unanimously of the opinion that it is necessary to raise additional revenue for health and care through taxation.”1

The 10 strong panel, which includes the former …

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