Top Tory Jeremy Hunt hinted today that he could consider a dedicated tax to fund the NHS

NHS in crisis: Rebel Tories call for £4bn tax HIKE to SAVE health service- PM faces revolt

THERESA May was under pressure from a growing Tory revolt over health spending last night. More than 30 of the party’s MPs have backed a call for a radical overhaul of the NHS and elderly care system.

The Health Secretary said he would listen “with a great deal of interest” after he was challenged to back the idea in the House of Commons.

It comes less than a week after reports that ministers were considering a 1p rise to National Insurance to fund the stricken health service.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss denied MPs were being consulted about such a plan.

But asked about the idea by Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Mr Hunt left the door open to a change in future.

Sir Vince asked if Mr Hunt was influenced by a call for a dedicated tax by Nick Macpherson, the retired former top civil servant at the Treasury.

Sir Vince – whose party wants a dedicated 1p income tax hike – asked: “Has the Secretary of State been in any way influenced by the testimony of the recently retired permanent secretary to the Treasury, who at last acknowledged that the only way to do it was to have some form of earmarked taxation?”

Mr Hunt replied: “The former permanent secretary to the Treasury is an extremely wise and experienced public servant.

“I always listen to what he says with a great deal of interest.”

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