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King's Fund releases new analysis of British Social Attitudes data on NHS funding

12 April 2018 | Tags: NHS, BSA, British Social Attitudes, Health, Tax, Politics, Labour, Conservative

The King’s Fund has released new analysis of the latest data from our British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey, offering findings on on public attitudes to NHS funding, as well as the state of the health service.

Read the full analysis here.

Key findings:

  • There is a growing consensus that the NHS is facing a funding crisis. 86% of respondents to the 2017 BSA survey agreed that the service faces a major or severe funding problem – an increase of 14% since 2014.
  • 61% of respondents supported tax rises to increase NHS funding, up 21% from 2014.
  • 35% supported a separate tax that would go directly to the NHS, while 26% would be happy to pay more through their existing taxes.
  • A majority of respondents supported tax increases to pay for the NHS across all age and income groups, including 61% of the highest earners.
  • In 2017, 56% of Conservative Party supporters backed a tax rise to pay for the NHS, up from 33% in 2014. Support among Labour Party supporters stood at 68% in 2017.
  • Pessimism about the future has increased significantly. In 2017, 56% of BSA respondents expected standards of care to get worse over the next five years, an increase of 21% since 2014. Just 20% expected standards of care to improve.