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Fund the NHS through tax rises—or accept that it’s managed decline from here

A new study makes clear the amount of extra cash needed

By Anita Charlesworth  

Embargoed to 0001 Thursday April 26 File photo dated 15/08/14 of a hospital bed, as it has emerged that one hundred NHS hospital patients may have died last year after their deteriorating health was not spotted by medics.

In July, it’s 70 years since the NHS was founded, providing cradle to grave health care tax-funded, free at the point of use, based on need not ability to pay.

The NHS has proved remarkably resilient over those 70 years but there have been bumps along the way. Thirty years ago Margaret Thatcher was in the midst of one of those bumps, with growing public discontent with rising waiting lists and nursing shortages contributing to increased pressure for more funding. Some extra investment was…

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