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Taxes need to rise by 4% to save NHS, according to leading economists

Taxes need to rise by 4% to save NHS, according to leading economists

Taxes need to rise to pay for the NHS in order for the UK to avoid "a decade of misery" where the old, sick and vulnerable are let down, according to leading economists.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation has said the health service needs 4% extra funding over the next 15 years in order to keep operating in its current state. This 4% could lead to household tax bills rising by around £2,000 per year.

The Institute said the only realistic way to keep funding the NHS was through increased taxation.

It comes as Government ministers continue to arguing about the extent of NHS funding and where it should come from.

Would you be prepared to pay more tax to save the NHS?

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