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Health bodies have called on the government to prioritise its plan for a minimum price on alcohol
Health organisations say the chancellor has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tackle binge drinking. Photograph: David Jones/PA

The government has been urged not to abandon plans for minimum pricing of alcohol, by MPs and medical chiefs.

The fate of the policy is set to be announced by George Osborne in the budget after the home secretary, Theresa May, led a cabinet revolt against the plans.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, who is a former GP and on the health select committee, pleaded with the government not to abandon minimum alcohol pricing, warning that the alternative was continued "carnage".

"I feel devastated," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "We know that whenever alcohol's too cheap, people die.

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