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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.

Leading article: Don't let vested interests skew the NHS debate

Doctors can, of course, have fair concerns; but they must be understood in context
ANDREW LANSLEY: The Health Secretary’s NHS reforms will be voted on in the Lords on Wednesday

Miliband tells Lords to join forces and kill off Lansley's NHS reforms

Labour leader urges peers to throw out 'pointless and damaging' health reorganisation

A recent survey showed that most people are ignorant of the connections between cancer and drinking

Two glasses of wine a day triples risk of mouth cancer

NHS campaign to warn that drinking even a small amount more than the daily limit can harm health

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he would ‘not let the sick pay’ for PFI projects

Struggling NHS trusts get £1.5bn bailout

A £1.5bn bailout fund was announced by the Government yesterday to help NHS trusts struggling with the "dismal legacy" of private finance initiatives (PFIs). Seven cash-strapped hospital trusts have been identified as in critical need of the financial boost, which will be made available over the next 25 years.

Tobacco is responsible for more than 100,000 avoidable deaths in the UK every year

Councils told to stub out big tobacco pension deals

Campaigners take on town halls over £2bn investment as they prepare to take healthcare role

ANDREW LANSLEY: The Health Secretary’s Bill aims to devolve power to frontline GPs

Crunch time for NHS reforms as opposition strengthens

Britain's royal medical colleges will face intense pressure this week to join the growing clamour from doctors, nurses and MPs for the Government to drop its NHS reforms.

ANDREW LANSLEY: The Health Secretary’s Bill aims to devolve power to frontline GPs

Doctors and nurses seek royal medical colleges' support to fight NHS reforms

Britain's royal medical colleges will come under intense pressure this week to join the growing clamour from doctors, nurses and MPs for the Government to drop its NHS reforms.

'Regional clusters' of hospitals were given cash to cut waiting times

Tories pay to hit NHS targets they had vowed to scrap

Hospitals and GPs given an extra £200m to cut waiting times in spite of pre-election pledge

Private clinic refuses free breast implant removal

The blame game in the breast implant scandal intensified yesterday as one of Britain's largest private surgery clinics defied the Government by declaring it would not replace the defective implants free of charge.

David Hockney, also in the news for his recent elevation to the Order of Merit, had criticised his fellow artist Damien Hirst's use of hired help as 'a little insulting to craftsmen'

DJ Taylor: All woes lead to the hapless Mr Lansley

Whether on binge drinking or cosmetic surgery, the Conservative instinct not to interfere is becoming difficult to defend

President of Poly Implant Prothèse, Jean-Claude Mas, says he has no regrets

Clinics told to pay for removal of substandard breast implants

Health Secretary says NHS will help women and private sector has a 'moral duty' to do the same

Risk from breast implants cannot be judged

Regulator admits it does not have sufficient data as Government tackles rupture scandal

Frugal Lansley adds £170m to home help

The Government has found an extra £150m for patients to receive care at home rather than in hospital.

Twenty cases of cancer have been discovered among women who have received allegedly faulty French-made breast implants

Silicone secrets: Britain's £100m implants industry

The scandal threatening 40,000 UK women exposes a sector that for years has prospered without proper regulation

A faulty silicone gel implant made by the French company PIP

Exclusive: Silicone implant risk 'eight times greater'

Fresh evidence suggests thousands more women face problems as Health Secretary orders review after cosmetic surgery firm says 1 in 12 reports faults

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Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
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Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
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Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
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Education: LGBT History Month

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

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