– George Osborne has told the BBC he will put an extra £2bn into frontline health services. The chancellor told the BBC it was not a “one-off” but what he called a “down-payment on a long-term NHS plan”. There would be no “unfunded giveaways”, he said, adding the increase in NHS funding was possible because the economy was strong. Labour’s Ed Balls said it was “crisis money” and they would pledge an additional £2.
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