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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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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there