Chancellor Gordon Brown has hinted he is prepared to put up taxes in April’s Budget to pay for the health service. He emphasised his commitment to the health service and opposition to the introduction of charges and the expansion of private health insurance.
The ‘free at the point of need’ ethic of the National Health Service (NHS) would be under threat from the Conservatives, he said.
“My mission is to put the NHS on a sustainable long-term footing so that reform is matched by the resources necessary,” he said.
According to Brown, the government-commissioned full report from Derek Wanless, whose interim report was published in November last year, will give the public information about:
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