Towards the finish line

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Party leaders are starting a two-day marathon tour of the UK as the election campaign enters its final stages.

Conservative leader David Cameron is beginning 36 hours of campaigning, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is launching a “two-day dash” from Land’s End to John O’Groats, while Ed Miliband is also travelling around the country.

Labour is warning of “swingeing cuts” to hospital budgets under the Tories reports BBC.

But the PM said a SNP-backed Labour government was a “chilling prospect”.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage will spend the day in South Thanet, the Kent seat he hopes to win for his party.

Labour has been campaigning on the NHS, and is to publish what it calls a leaked document showing the cash deficits of some hospital trusts.

The figures come from a group called NHS providers, which represents and lobbies for NHS trusts.

Labour said 98 of England’s 240 trusts expected to have run up deficits by next April of more than £750m between them. The total NHS budget is more than £100bn.

Mr Miliband will say: “Two-thirds of hospitals face having to make swingeing cuts, not at some point in the future, but this year – because of a cash crisis made in Downing Street.

“That will mean staff cut, beds lost and services closed.”

Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 5 live that the NHS had made “real progress” in the past five years and his party was committed to providing the money that hospitals need to meet the growing demands they face and to go on treating more patients.

“We have put the money in, we have got rid of bureaucracy which has kept money on the front line but people in the NHS have worked incredibly hard to deliver this service,” he said. “The key thing for the future is to make sure we have the strong economy that can support the strong NHS.”

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