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Health firms welcome bulldozing &#39Berlin wall&#39

Health insurers are welcoming a Tory pledge to tear down the “Berlin wall” between the private sector and the National Health Service.

The Tories are promising to introduce tax relief on private medical insurance both for individuals and companies at this week&#39s conference.

Shadow Health Secretary Dr Liam Fox accused the Government of punishing elderly people who take out PMI and companies which provide cover for employees.

Fox said: “We must not back away from the challenge to make private healthcare more attractive. In order to encourage company schemes, we will abolish disincentives in the taxation system where and when we can afford to do so to ensure that alternative provision is available.”

Shadow Chancellor Mich- ael Portillo said: “Families in Britain are encouraged to spend money on their home, their continued education and their retirements but are discouraged because of dogma from spending their own money on their health. Labour have built a Berlin wall between the public and the private sectors. We will tear down that wall.”

Standard Life Healthcare managing director Mike Hall says “We welcome the Conservative Party&#39s desire to improve the health of the nation. We support the party&#39s intervention to abolish the &#39Berlin wall&#39, the artificial divide between public and private healthcare sectors.”

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