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NHS could face £50bn hole

Independent research reveals that the coalition government's demand for "efficiency savings" will leave the NHS about £50bn in debt, a report from the Morning Star said.

The research, conducted by the Nuffield Trust, says that if funding does not grow faster than inflation or if “unprecedented“ productivity targets are not met by the NHS, then the healthcare service faces a deficit of between £44bn and £54bn by the 2021/22 financial year.

Unite's head of health Rachael Maskell told the Morning Start that this will lead to a "future world of increasing health inequalities where the most deprived in society will bear the brunt of a cash-starved NHS."

She went on to say that if the government continues its “savage cost-cutting to the NHS”, then the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled and the elderly face a grim future.