More than half of patients think taxes should be raised so the NHS can keep on providing healthcare, the Daily Mirror reports.

A poll of 1,000 adults from England and Wales by accountants KPMG found 54.4% agree that taxes should be increased.

One in 10 already fears that they will have to pay for their own treatment in future as the Coalition makes changes to the health service.

NHS England has previously warned of a £30billion funding gap between 2013 and 2021 – even if budgets are ringfenced from cuts.

KPMG’s head of health Andrew Hine warned: “Few, if any, societies have truly faced up to the magnitude of the crisis of long-term care.

"All too often the debate over finance seems to overshadow the scale and gravity of the wider challenge which is, and always should be, delivery of quality care for patients. “The onus is on a wide group of leaders to come up with an affordable way to pay for the care today’s society will need, tomorrow.”

Last month health chiefs warned the NHS will not survive unless there are radical changes in the provision of healthcare such as hospital closures and centralisation of services.

An ageing population, more and more people suffering from long-term conditions and a stagnant budget are compounding factors putting pressure of the system, NHS England said. If the health service in England continues to provide care the way it currently does, there will be a funding gap of £30billion between 2013 and 2021, even if the health budget is ring fenced, officials said.