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Leeds academic welcomes NHS tax suggestion


A proposal for a new ring-fenced tax to fund the NHS has been welcomed by a senior academic at Leeds Beckett University.

Sue Sherwin

Sue Sherwin, Dean of the School of Health and Community Studies, says the proposal is a step in the right direction:

“The NHS has been underfunded for almost a decade and any government intervention to improve this situation is welcome. The proposal for an investment of £4 billion into health and social care represents a step in the right direction to try to provide the health and social care services that the citizens of the UK deserve.

“It is hoped that this investment will go directly into health and social care services and will not be used to restructure the NHS into accountable care organisations that Stephen Hawking described in the press last week as a precursor to privatisation. It is important that the British public are made aware of all the facts about this potential additional tax to fund the NHS and there is transparency on where it will be spent.”

The panel of health experts, set up by the Liberal Democrats, says the NHS in England should be given an extra £4 billion on top of inflation in the next financial year.

Before working at Leeds Beckett University, Sue Sherwin worked as a Senior Mental Health Nurse.

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