The National Health Service

National Health Service and National Insurance issues discussed:

It needn’t take the recent emergence of the swine flu pandemic to make us all realise the importance of a robust and dependable National Health Service. Even those who pay the exorbitant fees to private health institutions like BUPA should recognise the crucial importance to society that good health care provision brings.

A visible shortage of nurses, fewer doctors being trained and high profile cases of hospitals infected with deadly bugs combine to create a service not satisfactory for any developed country. The cost to restore the NHS to a level we will all be content with is calculated at hundreds of billions.

The choice is that we do something now for our children’s sake or descend further down the line of having a health system where an unacceptable number of people die due to a lack of funding. Any party that adopts a stance of increasing the National Insurance rate is one worth high praise, but it is the people who must decide to back such a policy.

Countries such as Norway and Sweden enjoy the highest level of health care on the planet and do so out of paying for it. Those who can afford to, should sacrifice some of their income to give this country the bosom of care and support it deserves. It’s a case of pay now or suffer later.

Ricky worked as an Investigator in the Inland Revenue for over 20 years before founding Steedman & Company in 1987, giving him the experience and knowledge that enabled him to help so many clients over the years.

His appearance on a Channel 4 television programme about the inside workings of Revenue and Customs was watched by 4.1m which sealed his status as one of the most highly respected tax consultants to ever work in Scotland.

Ricky led all tax investigation and COP 9 cases, using his extensive knowledge to help people reach a positive resolution to their situation.

Ricky passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in June 2022 after leaving his indelible mark on the company he founded and headed for over 35 years.