The Conservatives have set out four principles for improving the National Health Service (NHS) in the clearest sign yet that the party will propose a social insurance funding model inspired by Germany.
Dr Liam Fox, the shadow health secretary, said that decentralisation and the removal of political interference should be the cornerstones of a modern health service. He added that improvements require greater choice for patients and include the replacement of the “sham” National Insurance with a “real” insurance fund.
Dr Fox suggests depoliticisation, decentralisation, improving choice and funding.
Meanwhile, the new president of the British Medical Association has called for the profession and the Government to put aside 50 years of opposition and consider “continental style” social insurance to fund the health service.
Sir Anthony Grabham said he doubted whether Labour would meet its pledge to raise health spending by £40bn a year. Even if it did, he said, the money might be inadequate to reverse decades of under spending.