'PAY to see your GP!' Liz Truss's radical reform to NHS and END to child benefit for all

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The Foreign Secretary also wanted to see the universal child benefit abolished in the report, which she co-wrote with six other people when she was deputy director of The Reform think tank. The document entitled “Back to Black”, written when Labour was in power, reveals the authors’ proposals at the time to significantly shrink the state and cut government spending.

Under a section called “Introduce user charges for GPs”, the pamphlet says: “User charges should be introduced and there should be greater reliance upon other health professionals… for treating less serious ailments”.

The report continues: “Reduce the pay of doctors and NHS managers by 10 percent.

“Abolish universal child benefit. Instead child benefit should be targeted on families on low incomes”.

It also calls for several major military procurement projects to be axed, including the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, which are described as “inappropriate defence projects” that “do not contribute to the UK’s modern defence requirements”.

During her leadership campaign, the Foreign Secretary has set out plans to grow defence spending to three percent of GDP by 2030.

It comes as Ms Truss’s rival in the race for No 10 again warned her tax-cutting plans could fan the flames of inflation and economists at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned that permanent tax cuts, which Ms Truss has gone further in pledging than Mr Sunak, could “exacerbate” pressures on public spending.

They cast doubt on the “plausibility” of the promises without spending cuts after inflation soared to 10.1 percent, setting a new 40-year high.

Rishi Sunak, Ms Truss’s opponent in the race to replace Boris Johnson, today pledged to “restore” NHS dentistry by ringfencing its funding, strengthening prevention and encouraging dentists to stay in the health service.

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“She is out of touch and out of step with the public.

“The reality of her agenda is devastating cuts that risk national security, punishing patients already facing record waiting times, and cutting the pay of frontline workers.

She added: “Her desperate attempts to distance herself from her own views now will fool no one.

“Liz Truss in charge would leave working people facing a cost of living emergency with higher bills and poorer services.

“Only Labour will take action to meet the scale of this national cost of living crisis and ensure the public doesn’t pay a penny more for their energy bills this winter.”

Ms Truss promoted Reform’s Back to Black report with articles in The Spectator and Conservative Home after its publication in April 2009.

Her campaign has been approached for comment on the 2009 report, which could hint at her ideological approach to government spending if she enters Downing Street in September.

Ms Truss promoted Reform’s Back to Black report with articles in The Spectator and Conservative Home after its publication in April 2009.

Her team told TalkTV’s The News Desk, which uncovered the report: “Co-authoring a document does not mean that someone supports every proposal put forward.”

The comment is reminsicent of the South-West Norfolk MP’s response when challenged about a passage in the book Britannia Unchained, which she likewise co-authored in 2012, and which brands the British “among the worst idlers in the world”.

Challenged during a head-to-head Tory leadership debate last month, Ms Truss claimed her predecessor as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had written the chapter containing those words.

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