An NHS Tax?

Thank you for contacting me about taxation and the National Health Service.

It is thanks to the growing economy and the Government's decisions that it can support spending in a stronger NHS. I support the Government's commitment to increase NHS spending in England by at least £8 billion in real terms over the next five years. This will also ensure that by the end of this Parliament, everyone will be able to access GP services at evenings and weekends.

I am pleased that without resorting to raising personal taxation, the Government is continuing to deliver funding increases for the NHS. At the 2017 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced an additional programme of capital investment, further to the £425 million committed at the Spring Budget in March 2017. This investment will be worth £3.5 billion, and will help NHS organisations deliver significant improvements to local services, improve performance, and significantly increase NHS efficiency.

The Government remains committed to the values of the NHS that are so central to the wellbeing of the British people. This will secure a better future for Britain, where people can be sure that the NHS will always be there for them.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.