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Norman Lamb: Labour’s NHS pledge is pie in the sky

by Steve Beasant on 16 May, 2017

The following article was written by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb and published yesterday on the Lib Dem Website.

This week Labour pledged an additional £37 billion of NHS funding, which sounds to me, as Shadow Health Secretary, like poorly-thought-out, pie in the sky policy.

You can’t solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a fully costed plan to deliver £6bn more per year for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax.

We are the only party that are prepared to be honest with the public that giving the NHS and social care the funding they need will mean us all chipping in a little more.

A group of 26 leading health experts, including the former chief executive of the NHS David Nicholson, have all backed our plans on the NHS in a letter to the Observer today.

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  1. Chris Randall says:

    It is pie in the sky, we need to look seriously at the whole tax system in particular income tax I think we need to make it clear we are the party of fair taxation and don’t want low paid workers paying any tax where possible. So a tax allowance of £15,000 the the aim to be The National minmum wage transition to higher tax at £55,000. Tax paid should be around 35% at base but include National insurance and Council Tax. The removal of tax allowances at £150,000 should stop and the higher rate should be 50% and include National insurance and local taxation as well becoming truly progressive.

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