Privatising some of the NHS is the only way to save it, Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted.
He declared he still stands by his long held belief that the health service’s troubles can only be solved by more involvement from profit-making companies.
His remarks will reignite controversy over the plan, which his party formally scrapped.
Mr Farage told an interview with BBC Radio 4: “This is a debate we’re all going to have to return to.”
He added: “Healthcare provision is going to have to be very much greater in ten years than it is today, with an ageing population, and we’re going to have to find ways to do it.” Hospitals and GP clinics face a £30billion funding black hole by 2020 because of increasing elderly patients, rising drug costs and an obesity epidemic.
The Tories and Lib Dems promise to inject an emergency £8billion into the NHS.
But critics insist the private sector must take on more services as in Germany.