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News - 31 March 2014

Patients 'Should Pay £10 NHS Membership Fee'

Former Labour health minister Lord Warner has called for radical changes to help fund the "unaffordable" and "out-of-date" NHS.

A report, co-written by Lord Warner, estimates a monthly £10 charge for using the NHS alongside other measures could generate £6bn a year.

Lord Warner said: "We can no longer pay homage to an out-of-date and unaffordable NHS that's unfit for today's and tomorrow's care needs.”

The report, published by think-tank Reform, proposes patients make "co-payments for the hotel costs of some inpatient hospital care".

Those receiving free prescriptions would be exempt from the charges, and NHS funding from general taxation should only rise with inflation, the report added.

Other ways to boost revenue include increasing taxes on alcohol and tobacco, on food and drink containing "excessive" amounts of sugar and on gambling and betting.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The report also suggests "full-cost" charging for the administration of vaccinations for overseas travel, the idea of a more rigorous inflation-proofing of prescription charges and of reducing the number of people exempt from charges.”

A Department of Health spokesman said the Government "doesn't support the introduction of membership fees or anything like them".

He said: "The founding principles of the NHS make it universally free at point of use and we are clear that it will continue to be so.”

The report comes as a poll suggests almost half of politicians believe the NHS may no longer be free at the point of need if pressing issues facing the health service are not tackled.

A survey of MPs found that half believe that a free health service could be consigned to the history books if the challenges facing the NHS are not addressed.

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