The CONSERVATIVES would stop taxing company medical insurance schemes when it became “affordable”, shadow health minister Liam Fox has pledged.

Dr Fox said the government should accept that those who provide for their own healthcare reduced burdens on the NHS and helped create extra capacity in healthcare.

Fox welcomed the government's new agreement with the private sector but said co-operation between the sectors needed to go further.

“The UK has little of the state/private partnership from which other countries benefit and consequently has chronic under-capacity and unacceptably poor clinical outcomes in many areas,” Fox told a meeting organised by Bristol Contributory Welfare Association.