Blair warns of tax increases to pay for NHS

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:502
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Tony Blair hinted last week that taxes in the United Kingdom may have to rise to fund improvements in the NHS and to bring health spending in line with the average in the European Union.

    But exactly how much more money is to be pumped into the NHS and how it is going to be raised is likely to remain a matter for speculation until just before the budget on 17 April. It is then that the second report from Derek Wanless, the former NatWest chief executive, is expected to be published.

    It is thought that …

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