Now I assume that we all agree that a health system that is at least something similar to the N.H.S. is what we all want and that there is no way we can run what we have now without more money. I have always reckoned that any more NHS money must come from taxation and the only argument was just how much more are we willing to pay and by what tax are we to rise that money by.
Don't mind a penny in the £ if it is ring fenced for the NHS only and safeguards in place to prevent private companies from raiding it by awarding them contracts. Child services under a particular private company have been devastated.
A radical thought - lets make the lives of tens of millions of people better by scrapping the vanity project that will get a few to Manchester ten minutes quicker by train and put the £56 billion (that will undoubtedly be nearer £100B my the time its finished) into the NHS.
We will all have to pay more tax and/or NI. A figure, in time, of about an extra 7% on tax and or NI is about what is needed. Borrowing is already too high. On a household income of , say, £30000 it means an extra tax take of £2000 per year or £40 a week or so! I can see no alternative. This yields about £50 billion , and even if all the £10 billion alleged Brexit savings were allocated to the NHS then tax would only come down to an extra 5% or so. There should, urgently, be a cross party agreement on this and how it is to phased.