A new poll by PwC reveals that two in three people (66%) would be willing to pay more in income tax to help fund the National Health Service (NHS).

The Liberal Democrats proposed a 1% increase in income tax to help improve NHS services in their general election manifesto, but only managed to secure a dozen seats in Parliament.

The poll of more than 2,000 Brits reveals that the majority would be willing to pay more tax to help our struggling NHS.

It is the fourth poll that PwC has commissioned over the past six months to try to bring the voice of patients to decision makers and shapers within the NHS.

The NHS continues to feel financial pressures despite increases in funding in recent years and is now contemplating rationing some services to help alleviate the financial burden.

The research, conducted immediately after the general election, shows what the general public believe the Government should be prioritising.

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Voters are also willing to contemplate options beyond general taxation, including fining people for missed appointments (62%).

However, there is little appetite for charging NHS users for access to faster services and quicker appointments. Almost 73% of respondents to the survey said it should not be possible for anyone to pay for a GP appointment to get a faster service.

Over half of those surveyed (53%) said the government should prioritise hiring more NHS staff, rather than increasing wages for existing staff.

And an equal number (53%) said the government should prioritise funding for hospital care over GP services.

Quentin Cole, Health leader at PwC, said: “Our polling shows that the general public are willing to invest in the NHS to improve their experience by paying more tax.

“However, a cash injection will not solve the NHS’ problems alone.

“Today’s system was designed to deal with yesterday’s problems.

“Instead of just looking for quick solutions, the system itself needs to be reshaped to deliver improved outcomes, optimise resources and empower patients.”

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