Chancellor Gordon Brown has said an increase in taxes is necessary if the government is to keep its promise to deliver a modern National Health Service (NHS).
Derek Wanless, the former head of NatWest Bank, published a report insisting huge investment from the public purse was needed to reverse decades of underfunding.
Brown signalled the spending increases could be met by National Insurance contributions.
Shadow chancellor Michael Howards attacked the plans. He said: “Brown has asked for a blank cheque for the NHS. Without fundamental reform of healthcare, more money will not deliver the results people are entitled to expect.”
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