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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.

Critical doctors 'locked out' of Downing Street NHS meeting

Prime Minister takes charge of controversial reforms and hosts implementation summit

David Cameron 'shutting out' NHS reform critics, says Ed Miliband

David Cameron is facing pressure to allow healthcare professionals to take part in tomorrow's summit on NHS reforms.

BMA expresses concerns over roll out of NHS helpline

Doctors' leaders have written to the Government over “serious misgivings” about the rollout of a new number for non-emergency services.

Andrew Lansley wrote in a medical journal that competition would bring greater innovation to the NHS

Record patient satisfaction rates plunge reforms into new crisis

Satisfaction with the NHS has reached an all-time high, and the positive outlook has been rising steadily for the last decade. Findings from the 2011 NHS outpatient survey, published yesterday, show 84 per cent of patients rated their experience as excellent or very good, the highest level since the survey began in 2002.

Does your doctor fail to measure up to George Clooney in 'ER'? Maybe that's a good job - a US study suggests satisfied patients have higher death rates

Do you like your doctor? It could be the death of you

Satisfaction with NHS is high but it may be bad news

Andrew Lansley wrote in a medical journal that competition would bring greater innovation to the NHS

Ministers 'fully behind' Lansley and NHS reforms, says Cameron

As plans face fresh attack by Labour peers, Clegg insists Health Secretary is right man to lead shake-up

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

Ministers 'fully behind' NHS plans

Downing Street dismissed suggestions today that Health Secretary Andrew Lansley should be sacked and insisted ministers were "fully behind" his NHS reforms.

David Cameron quashes speculation over Andrew Lansley's future

David Cameron today sought to quash speculation over the survival of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his controversial NHS shake-up.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley had a very different vision for NHS reforms but the version that is going through is being supported by the Prime Minister, despite widespread opposition

Should David Cameron wash his hands of Lansley's NHS reform Bill?

Even the Health Secretary is unhappy with how the Health and Social Care Bill now stands. But the PM seems determined to plough on in a way that, critics say, typifies his style in office

Leading article: An impression of drift that Mr Cameron must dispel

Opposition from medics' professional bodies was one thing; the most influential Conservative grassroots website weighing in against the Government's NHS reforms is quite another.

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

Lansley rejects calls to resign as Tory mutiny threatens health Bill

The turmoil over David Cameron's NHS shake-up intensified yesterday as three Tory Cabinet ministers privately denounced the plans and the Liberal Democrats warned they could withdraw their support for the reforms.

Cost of NHS redundancies 'over £600m'

More than £600 million could be spent on NHS redundancies in one year as a result of the Government's controversial reforms, figures show.

Letters: Time to end the Big Six energy fix

There is growing public concern about the behaviour of domestic energy suppliers. We believe it is time to end the big six energy fix.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley faces criticism within Tory ranks

Last-minute talks seek to stave off Lords rebellion on health reforms

The Government was conducting final talks with rebel peers in the House of Lords last night in an attempt to head off a series of rebellions that could still derail its Health and Social Care Bill.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley faces criticism within Tory ranks

Last-ditch fight to save Lansley's health reforms

Government counting on final concessions to win over critics of Social Care Bill

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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