Most Britons willing to pay extra tax to help fund NHS

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Seven out of 10 Britons would be willing to pay an additional 1p in the pound in tax to help fund the NHS - while almost half (48%) would pay 2p, according to a new survey.

An extra penny on the basic rate of income tax would raise around £4.5 billion, and 70% of those questioned for ITV1's The Agenda said they would be happy to see a tax-hike on this scale if it was guaranteed that all the money would go to the NHS.

The results also found that almost half (46%) of Brits thought the current NHS was performing badly, with only 23% saying that it was performing well.

However, there was less appetite to raise extra funds for the health service by charging for specific treatments.

Just 27% of those questioned said they would be willing to pay £5 to see their GP, against 66% who said they would not. And if the cost was hiked to £10, only 15% would be happy to pay, while 79% said they would not.

Some 77% said they would not be ready to pay part of the cost of being treated in hospital as an out-patient, compared to 23% who said they would be willing to pay.

:: Survation questioned 1,002 British adults between October 10 and 12. The Agenda With Tom Bradby is broadcast on ITV1 at 8pm on Tuesday.