GMB CALLS ON HAMMOND TO COME CLEAN OVER NHS TAX RISES
Working people don’t mind paying more for the NHS – what they do mind is private companies profiting from sick people, says GMB.
GMB, the union for NHS staff, has called on Philip Hammond to come clean over planned tax rises to fund the health service.
In a speech this evening, the Chancellor is expected to admit for the first time that taxes will have to rise to cover the costs of increased spending on the NHS. 
Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said:
“GMB welcomes the commitment to more funding for the NHS - but the Chancellor must come clean immediately about how his planned tax rises are likely to hit our low paid members.
“Working people don’t mind paying more for the NHS - what they do mind is private companies profiting from sick people.
“The recent collapse of Carillion is a perfect example of why we need to take back our NHS from the hands of these private companies.
“Before introducing an NHS Tax, the Government should scrap privatisation from the health service and bring all aspects back into public hands.
“We are against private companies profiting from a public service and not delivering a good service.
“HMRC estimates that £3.5 billion in corporation tax goes uncollected every year, and billions more are withheld through tax avoidance and evasion.
“If this Government is serious about funding the NHS in a sustainable and fair way then it would make sure that the cost of care does not fall solely on the shoulders of working people.