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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.

Cameron mulls minimum price for alcohol in England

A minimum price for alcohol could be imposed on shops and supermarkets under Government plans to tackle binge-drinking, it emerged last night. David Cameron is understood to have instructed officials to develop detailed proposals to ban the sale of drink at below between 40p and 50p a unit.

GPs responsible for up to 9,000 patients

Local health services are coming under increasing strain as figures show that some GPs are responsible for 9,000 patients.

Drink-related hospital cases rising

Rates of hospital admissions related to alcohol continue to rise.

Using the financial muscle of the unions means a political campaign against the cuts can be conducted on a 'much grander scale'

Unions condemn new pension offer for NHS staff

Ministers moved to split the union movement yesterday by announcing that more than half a million NHS workers will not need to pay more into their pensions next year, but those earning more than £26,000 will have to make up the difference.

Unions say Lansley offer to protect low-paid NHS staff is 'divide and rule'

Ministers moved to split the union movement yesterday by announcing that more than half a million NHS workers will not need to pay more into their pensions next year, but those earning more than £26,000 will have to make up the difference.

Doctors being 'bullied and coerced' over NHS reforms

Doctors who are set to take charge of the NHS budget as part of the Coalition's healthcare reforms are being "bullied and coerced" by local health chiefs, according to their representative body.

Andrew Lansley had promised to protect frontline NHS services

Department of Health 'to blame' for CQC failings

Healthcare watchdog left hugely understaffed by Coalition's recruitment freeze, claims report

Trust bosses 'need help in making cuts'

Health trust managers will find it extremely difficult to make £20bn of efficiency savings unless they are free to make hard decisions about which procedures to offer, the chief NHS employers' representative has warned.

Peers and BMA attack Lansley's NHS reforms

Moves to overhaul the National Health Service have suffered a double setback ahead of the return of the controversial plans to Parliament.

Leading article: A closure that will test the commitment to NHS reform

The hospital is the modern cathedral, a place of sanctuary and succour and an object of intense interest to the surrounding community. Any government questioning the life of a local hospital does so at its peril, and for the Tories, who have a fraught history with the NHS, hospital closures potentially are an even more toxic issue. Which is why the news we report today of the threat to one of London's oldest and most prestigious hospitals, St Mary's in Paddington, is bound to test Coalition nerves to the limit. Founded in 1845, it was where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. The strength of the outcry can be imagined if plans to sell off the site for conversion into 3,000 luxury flats get a go-ahead.

Jeremy Laurance: Much-needed restructuring thwarted by vested interests

Almost 20 years ago, a government inquiry into London's health service, chaired by Sir Bernard Tomlinson, recommended the closure of four hospitals – Barts, Guy's or St Thomas's (he could not decide which), Charing Cross and the Middlesex – and that the money saved be used to improve GP and community services.

Coalition to clash again over return of NHS Bill

The longest NHS Bill in history returns to the Commons tomorrow amid rising anger over its provisions to increase competiton and the role of the private sector.

Chris Ham: Care will get worse unless politicians make tough calls

The public is resistant to proposals to reduce the role of local hospitals and increase the time it takes to travel to obtain care

Protests held against NHS reforms

Protests against the Government's controversial health reforms will continue to take place across England today, with union leaders warning of a "battle" over the future of the NHS.

'Battle' planned over NHS reforms

Protests against the Government's controversial health reforms will be held across the country this weekend, with union leaders warning of a "battle" over the future of the NHS.

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