Leading health experts in NHS funding debate call
Leading figures from the health world are calling for a national debate on how the NHS in England is funded.
In a letter to The Times, they say challenges from an ageing population mean the system is "creaking at the seams" and cannot continue as it is.
Signatories include the heads of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Nursing.
The BBC's health editor says the group feels future options may include higher taxes or charges for some treatment.
Without action an extra £30bn will be needed by 2020 to fund the NHS at current levels, their letter adds.
They are asking for a cross-party, independent conversation on the way forward for the "scope, provision and funding of health and social care".
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