The case for a tax rise for the NHS

The NHS needs a major funding boost, and two-thirds of us say we’re happy to do our bit by paying a little more tax. Independent economic research, funded by thousands of 38 Degrees members, proves that a 1% increase in income tax would deliver £5.5bn for the NHS. It's time for Theresa May to take bold decisions to give our health service more money - starting with a 1% rise in income tax.

Why the NHS needs more money

1 in 2 of us will get cancer at some point in our lifetimes. 38 Degrees' analysis of current cancer waiting times shows that unless the NHS gets a long-term funding boost, we could be forced to wait longer for life-or-death cancer treatment.

Number of cancer patients waiting more than two months for treatment


in 1 year


in 2 years


in 5 years

Where could the money come from?

Independent economic research found that a 1% rise in income tax is a safe, long-term solution to give the NHS an extra


per year

What the cash could buy


new hospitals


nurses salaries


new ambulances


new MRI machines

The public are willing to pay more tax to support the NHS

A YouGov poll this week found that 2 in 3 people support a penny more on income tax to pay for the NHS

People are pledging to pay more tax for the NHS


pledges so far this month

See the research

NHS data analysis

This analysis uses published NHS data on the number of patients waiting more than 62 days for cancer treatment. It looks at current trends and projects the number of people who could wait more than 62 days for treatment in future if current trends continue. We also analysed NHS spending to calculate what NHS staff and services could be bought with increases in NHS funding

You can see the full data here:

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CEBR economic analysis

Independent economists CEBR undertook economic modelling to estimate the potential revenue from different tax increases.

It found that a 1% rise in income tax would raise £5.5bn per year.

You can see the full report here:

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