Jeremy Laurance

Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.

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Saturated fat from non-processed foods, such as butter, are generally healthy and not detrimental, according to new research

Fatty foods might be good for you? My heart leaps

I have long reasoned that, for me, the pleasure of butter outweighs the risk

Plans to slash services at a successful London hospital have been declared unlawful

Lewisham hospital will stay open - but only the lawyers have true cause to celebrate

The NHS's survival depends on the closure of services and even whole hospitals

 

David Cameron is already under fire for his planned NHS reforms, which have attracted fierce opposition from royal medical colleges, as well as coalition MPs and peers

The hidden cost of paying for GP appointments

Attempts to monetise the NHS have wilted in the past. It won't work here

Analysis: Hospital mediocrity isn't the problem - it's the failure to address it

The NHS needs a blame-free culture, a spirit of openness and the ambition to succeed

The Liverpool Care Pathway is dead, but we must still address how we care for the dying

It is now clear that the "one or two mistakes" were in fact overwhelming problems, but phasing out the LCP still leaves the problems it was created to resolve

The WHO says drug treatment for HIV should start earlier, before the immune system is damaged and causes sickness

WHO says drug treatment for HIV should begin earlier

An ambitious plan to roll out HIV treatment to millions more patients around the globe has divided scientists who question whether it is focused on benefiting individuals or halting the spread of the disease.

Cynthia Bower, former Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Exclusive - 'I've been hung out to dry': CQC chief Cynthia Bower hits back at accusations of a cover-up after deaths of mothers and babies at Morecambe Bay NHS hopsitals

The former head of the Care Quality Commission accused of conspiring to suppress a report into a flawed inspection of an NHS Trust has categorically denied being involved in a cover up.

Indyplus video: CQC cover up 'denied'

Ex-deputy chief executive of Care Quality Commission (CQC), Jill Finney, denies any cover-up and says that there has been a 'serious misunderstanding' about the report. Watch her speaking on the video below:

Cynthia Bower has been identified as one of three officials at the CQC who allegedly hid failings over a hospital where as many as 16 babies died

Exclusive interview - 'I've been hung out to dry, with no chance to air my side of the story': Cynthia Bower has her say against the accusation she led cover-up after NHS baby deaths

Cynthia Bower was angry when she called last Saturday afternoon. I was walking the Norfolk coastal path against a stiff breeze and had to crouch in the lee of a dyke to hear what she was saying. But her bitterness and distress were unmistakeable.

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the trophy after his win over Novak Djokovic

Wimbledon 2013: The secret of Andy Murray's success? Knowing when to admit defeat

The British tennis star's ability to know when to give up could be a key attribute in his bid for Wimbledon glory

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