The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis.

Years of underfunding have left the service facing such “impossible” demands that without urgent extra investment in November’s autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment – all options that will provoke public disquiet, it says.

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Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse

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A terminally-ill doctor who raised £250,000 for a cancer charity has died, her husband has confirmed.

Dr Kate Granger set about fundraising for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011.

Her husband Chris Pointon announced her death on social media.

He said the 34-year-old died on Saturday “peacefully & surrounded by loved ones”. He added: “RIP my soul mate & TY. Love u 4ever.”

Dr Granger, who had been receiving care at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, achieved her fundraising target just three days ago.

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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Doctor Kate Granger dies after hitting £250k cancer charity goal

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The newest member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has said growth and wages are the things that will persuade him it is time for an interest rate rise.

Gertjan “Jan” Vlieghe, who joined the rate-setting committee in September, was speaking to the Sunday Times.

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The warning to the home secretary that cuts to police budgets might “reduce very significantly” the UK’s ability to respond to a Paris-style terror attack is seen by senior officers as a trump card in their campaign to change the chancellor’s mind before next week’s spending review.

It is thought George Osborne is considering reductions of around 20% in the amount spent on the police in England and Wales. That, a leaked document from a senior officer argues, is more than double what the force could withstand if it is to offer a viable response to multiple simultaneous terrorist incidents such as we saw across Paris a week ago.

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