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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.

'Pro-life' MPs refuse to back down over bid to change abortion advice

Anti-abortion campaigners are pressing ahead with a controversial amendment to the Government’s new health bill designed to cut the number of pregnancies which are terminated each year in the UK.

Rise recorded in A&E waiting times

The number of people waiting more than four hours in A&E has almost doubled, despite a drop in attendances, figures show.

Steve Richards: Cameron must now walk a high wire

The choreography of the riots shows again how ideological ambition clashes with reality when a crisis erupts

More waiting for key NHS tests

The number of people waiting more than six weeks for key NHS tests has almost quadrupled in one year, figures showed today.

Steve Richards: MPs find their voice at last

New Labour wanted a Parliament that caused it not a flicker of concern. Such manoeuvring is impossible now

MRSA infections 'at lowest level'

Cases of the superbug MRSA are at a record low, figures have shown.

Leading article: The wrong sort of NHS rationing

Rationing has been with us since the dawn of the NHS. We cannot do everything for everyone – it would bankrupt the country. Treatment paid out of the public purse must be based on need, not demand. Ministers, however, shy away from use of the term. Doctors do not like it either, as it runs up against their role as patient's advocate. But they do it, nonetheless. As we report today, primary care trusts are extending the treatments they rate as "low priority" and raising the bar for others by specifying the symptoms that patients must have before they qualify for treatment.

Leading article: A justified critique of a blinkered Health Secretary

Sir Roger Boyle leaves his post as the NHS's National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke with a bang – and a most unwelcome one as far as Andrew Lansley is concerned. In his interview with this newspaper today, Sir Roger presents an extensive charge sheet against the Health Secretary.

Sir Roger Boyle: 'It is horrific that the NHS's future is threatened'

When Andrew Lansley was appointed to the cabinet by David Cameron in May 2010 you might have expected the new health secretary to take the trouble to introduce himself to the leading players in his department. But no - his first meeting with Sir Roger Boyle, who had been toiling away as the Government’s National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke for more than a decade, did not come until a couple of weeks ago, for what Boyle describes as a “decapitation.”

Andrew Lansley attacked public sector pensions shake-up

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has privately attacked the Government's public sector pension shake-up, it was revealed today.

Battle over fate of struggling NHS services

The battle over the future of Britain's hospitals intensified this week as leaked government plans suggested it could become more difficult to close failing services and institutions – something that NHS managers say is essential in order to save the rest.

NHS figures show system is ailing under pressure of cuts, warns chief medic

The NHS is starting to "creak at the seams" under the twin pressures of tighter spending and growing demand, the president of the Royal College of Physicians said yesterday.

More patients waiting longer

The proportion of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment has increased, official figures show.

King's Fund claims NHS is affordable

Andrew Lansley is wrong – the NHS is not unaffordable, a leading health economist has said.

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