TaxPersonal TaxHealth secretary slams Tory’s tax relief plans

Health secretary slams Tory's tax relief plans

John Reid has launched a bitter attack on Tory plans to reintroduce tax relief for private medical insurance claiming it would benefit mainly wealthy middle-aged professionals and managers who live in south east England.

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In a major speech the health secretary branded the £1bn proposal as ‘the policy equivalent of giving assisted places to people who already send their children to Eton’.

In a speech in north west England he said that only 3.5% of the nation pay for their own private medical insurance the majority of whom were rich.

He said the distribution of coverage was ‘widely skewed to middle aged professionals and managers who live in the south east.

‘Reintroducing tax relief on private medical insurance would simply take money out of the NHS and put it into the pocket of the richest people in the country with private medical insurance.’

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