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Health experts back Lib Dem funding plans

May 18, 2017 2:00 PM

The former head of the NHS in England, David Nicholson, has today backed Liberal Democrat plans to put a penny on income tax to rescue the health and care service.

He is amongst a group of 26 leading health experts including the ex-heads of the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of GPs and Royal College of Psychiatrist who all backed the Lib Dem approach in a letter to the Observer.

The letter states:

"The human cost of this crisis is already painfully clear. Waiting times are rising, there is particularly poor access for people with mental ill health and operations are being cancelled.

"For these reasons, we strongly welcome the Liberal Democrats' commitment to raise income tax by 1p, to generate additional, ring-fenced revenue for NHS and social care."

Of course the ring fenced element would only apply automatically to England, but because of the way the funding system works it would mean an extra £330 million would come to Wales and we would expect that extra money to be put into the NHS and social care system here. Social care in Wales is failing to meet demand and those in need are simply not getting the level of service they need and deserve.