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Another week and another round of Prime Minister's Questions with very few answers. Yet although the reasons for Cameron and Miliband's mutual mocking changes, look a little closer and you will notice there is always one constant.

Row over plain cigarette packs escalates

A row over Government moves to strip cigarette packets of branding was growing last night. Health campaigners welcomed plans for plain packaging on tobacco products, but opponents claimed the proposals would lead to increased smuggling and job losses.

Bureaucrats return to lead doctors' groups

Two-thirds of the new bodies charged with running health services under the Government's controversial reforms have hired a bureaucrat, not a doctor, as their boss.

Andrew Lansley's department has run up a £100,000 bill on tea and biscuits so far this year

Another day, another political food fight – and this one really takes the biscuit

An urgent review has been ordered at the Department of Health after it was revealed that it spent more than £100,000 in three months on "tea and biscuits".

According to Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, obesity costs the NHS more than £5bn a year

Government's attempts to tackle obesity crisis 'doomed'

Food companies have failed to commit to healthy eating scheme, claims Which?

Anger as public pay freeze extended

Unions attacked the Government today after ministers confirmed that NHS and other public sector workers will have their pay frozen for a second year unless they earned £21,000 or less.

Cameron to defy Cabinet and insist on alcohol price cap

Sharp increases in the price of cheap cider and beer sold in supermarkets are on the cards after David Cameron backed plans for a minimum price of alcohol.

NHS reforms 'a mess' says former chief executive

The Government's NHS reform Bill has been dismissed as "unneccessary" and "a mess" by a former chief executive of the health service.

The Health Secretary is calling for £20bn savings with no cuts to service

NHS may need emergency cash bailout

Ministers fear that the National Health Service could require an emergency cash bailout before the next general election to enable it to cope with the escalating demands of an ageing population.

Probe ordered into 'preferred sex' abortions

Pregnant women are being given illegal abortions in the UK after complaining their unborn child is "the wrong gender", it was claimed last night.

The Sketch: Lansley - Horseman of the Apocalypse or Redeemer?

The health Bill. Lansley. Labour. The NHS. What's it all about? Many questions were prompted by Health Questions.

Andrew Lansley: The Health Secretary said he was determined to drive the Bill into law

Andrew Lansley doing a good job, says David Cameron

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is doing "a very good" job and understands the NHS better than most, David Cameron said today in defence of the under-fire Cabinet minister.

Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, was confronted by protesters yesterday on his way to a summit about his proposed reforms of the health service. June Hautot, a veteran campaigner, disputed his pledge not to introduce charging

Lansley heckled while PM rules out concessions to critics of Bill

David Cameron admitted yesterday that the Government had failed to explain its NHS reforms well enough but ruled out further concessions to the growing number of critics of its plans.

Cameron admits failure to explain health reforms

Prime Minister accused of 'bunker mentality' for excluding groups

Andrew Lansley heckled before NHS summit

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was confronted by angry protesters who accused him of trying to privatise the NHS as he arrived at Downing Street to meet healthcare professionals.

David Cameron during a visit to the Quaker Oats site at Cupar in Scotland

Cameron snubs critics of his health reforms

David Cameron will today signal his determination to press ahead with his health reforms as he stages a Downing Street summit from which critics of the plans have been excluded.

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