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‘Colossal’ post election Tory cuts will force axe onto NHS

THE Tories will be forced to cut NHS spending or introduce charges for services if they press ahead with their “colossal” cuts plans, shadow chancellor Ed Balls claimed yesterday.

Mr Balls said the “unprecedented” cuts planned by Chancellor George Osborne if the Conservatives won the general election added up to a shocking £70 billion.

He warned that this meant the Conservatives would be unable to keep their promise to ring-fence the NHS without putting up taxes.

In a speech in London, he said that finding the cuts they would need to make their ­figures add up would be so “destructive,” the Conservatives must have an “alternative plan” to increase charging.

GMB union general secretary Paul Kenny warned that if the Tories won in May “people would have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing police patrolling their streets or seeing waiting lists in the NHS coming down.”

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