Survey suggests 42 per cent of Brits would pay more tax to help NHS

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5th July 2016 12:07 - Health

Survey suggests 42 per cent of Brits would pay more tax to help NHS: Findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey suggest that forty-two per cent of the British Public said that they are willing to pay more tax to help support the NHS. The public were found to be aware of a financial crisis on the rise as the service grows, and are willing to contribute more tax money to help them.Survey suggests 42 per cent of Brits would pay more tax to help NHS

Results from the survey showed that nearly everyone (a huge 93 per cent) now agree that the NHS does in fact have a funding problem. Of this percentage, 32 per cent consider the problem to be severe, up from 19 per cent in 2014.

On a more positive note, only 23 per cent of the public reported that they were dissatisfied with the NHS in 2015, showing a decrease in the levels from 1997 when it was just 50 per cent of people.

The key reasons for the respondent’s dissatisfaction include the fact that it takes too long to get an appointment at hospital or with their local GPs. Also 44 per cent said it was because of the lack of staff in hospitals, which could be attributed to long waiting times. 39 per cent said it was due to their lack of funding and just 3 per cent of the respondents reported being influenced by negative stories on the media.

Of those who said they were dissatisfied, 84 per cent chose a reason relating to resources in some form. In contrast, The King’s Fund also showed us that 45 per cent of those who are dissatisfied believe that the NHS has a severe funding problem compared with only 26 per cent of those who are satisfied. 

Evidence also suggests that around a quarter of people were in favour of a separate tax, specifically designed for funding the NHS. Whilst nearly 20 per cent of people said that they are willing to pay more through existing taxes.

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