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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.

Government make pledge to Southern Cross residents

No resident at a Southern Cross care home will find themselves homeless or without care following the cash-strapped operator's decision to shut down, the Government insisted today.

Spending cuts will mean longer waiting times, say NHS managers

Hospital waiting times will grow and patients' access to treatments will be limited because of the squeeze on health spending, more than half of NHS chief executives and chairmen believe.

Heart tsar quits with attack on ministers

One of the Government's most senior health advisors is to leave his role – in part because of his anger over Andrew Lansley's health reforms.

Over-65s 'should pay national insurance'

Pensioners should pay more in tax to fund the reform of Britain's crumbling social care system, under plans unveiled following a year-long inquiry ordered by the Government.

OAPs face tax increase to fund care

Pensioners should pay extra tax to help cover the £1.7 billion annual cost of introducing a cap on social care bills for the elderly, a Government-commissioned review suggested today.

Government accepts care costs cap

The Government is ready to accept the key recommendation of a report on support for elderly people and place a cap on the total amount individuals are expected to pay for personal care in their old age, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley indicated today.

John Rentoul: A plot twist in the No 10 soap opera

The characters in Downing Street may be falling out over health reforms, but Cameron is watching the ratings

Andrew Lansley: It's been difficult, but the NHS will be better for it

I have spent seven and a half years learning about the NHS, talking to people who work in it and understanding how it works.

NHS negligence bill tops £1bn a year

Law Society warns cases being needlessly drawn out by health trusts as patients face cuts to legal aid

Lansley defends health reforms

Andrew Lansley today admits the overhaul of his flagship NHS reforms has been "difficult" as he prepares to make 150 amendments to plans to scrap primary care trusts in England. Writing in The IoS, the Health Secretary says the decision to "pause" his Health and Social Care Bill caused "uncertainty" among NHS staff.

NHS reform scaled back after review

The Government unveiled big changes to its controversial reform plans for the NHS today after accepting the key recommendations of a panel of health experts.

Leading article: The real health challenge has been ignored in this debate

The Coalition wanted a revolution in health care. The Health and Social Care Bill would have scrapped a vast tier of bureaucracy in the shape of the primary care trusts and put their powers and budgets in the hands of thousands of GP consortiums. And this would all have been done by 2013. The Bill would also have required the NHS regulator, Monitor, to promote private-sector competition in the health service. The Bill was underpinned by a philosophy that saw the proper role of central government in health care as essentially limited to signing the cheques.

Doctor, doctor: Give it to me straight. How serious are these NHS reforms?

Matt Chorley maps the twists and U-turns on the path of Andrew Lansley's changes to healthcare provision, and spells out what changes are on the way

MP dismisses sex attack claim

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen tonight dismissed allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman as "demonstrably and provably false".

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen in sex attack probe

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen was arrested today on suspicion of sexual assault and released on bail.

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