Life and Style ban would only affect England

Health campaigners say ban could protect nearly half a million children who are exposed second-hand smoke every week

Should smoking in cars carrying children be banned? House of Lords set to vote on controversial Labour plan

Peers are set to vote on the issue this afternoon amid Labour calls for the creation of a specific offence amid claims the move will help save to lives

NHS staff have to wait four weeks after redundancy before they can take up a new job

MPs outraged at £1m redundancy payments for three NHS managers

Three NHS managers reportedly received redundancy payments totalling nearly £1m - even though they continued to work for the health service.

NHS 'unsafe and unsustainable' says health service chief for London

Problems revealed by the medical director for the NHS in the capital are a symptom of country-wide issues, he says

Jeremy Hunt has said that there is a 'clear link' between the healthcare watchdog's failure to report and pressure from Mr Burnham's department in 2009

Jeremy Hunt stands firm after Andy Burnham issues legal threat over NHS 'cover up' row

The opposition party says the Health Secretary has engaged in a baseless smear campaign against shadow minister Andy Burnham

Rising: Rachel Reeves, with Ed Balls in Brighton last month

David Cameron and Ed Miliband vote for women in reshuffles

Party leaders to promote a number of female MPs to more prominent roles

Nurses are enduring “unprecedented” levels of stress and ill health as a result of staff cuts and overwork, forcing them to choose between their patients’ wellbeing and their own, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said

Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'

Report cites staff cuts and fears for patient welfare  – and says bullying by managers is increasing

Care Quality Commission demanded action over 'horrendous' under-staffing at the Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield

Kings Mill Hospital: Nurses in tears as 'horrendous' understaffing hits patients, says watchdog

Figures reveal 5,500 nursing posts have been cut since Coalition came into office

Outgoing chief executive of NHS England, Sir David Nicholson

Competition in NHS is harming efforts to improve patient care, says outgoing chief Sir David Nicholson

Hospitals being held back from making changes that make 'perfect sense from the point of view of patients'

Accident waiting to happen: A&E departments ‘on the brink of crisis’

Surveys from the Royal College of Nurses, NHS Confederation and others reveal full scale of the daunting task A&Es face just to 'get through the winter'

Andy Burnham: The shadow health minister wants to ban zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts not only affecting low-paid workers, reveals report

Thousands of workers are on zero-hours contracts without realising it  because they are not familiar with the phrase – and they are not all at the low end of the salary scale – according to a new report.

Loss of 5,000 nurses prompts safety warning

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals that there were 348,311 qualified staff working in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, down 5,601 on the figure of 353,912 in May 2010.

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised for presiding over staff cuts

Jeremy Hunt urged to set NHS safe staffing levels after Mid Staffs scandal

New report on patient safety likely to increase pressure on Health Secretary over cuts

Sir Mike Richards said he wanted to create a ‘small army’ of inspectors

'Whistleblower-in-chief' Sir Mike Richards reveals plan to fix NHS: make patients the inspectors

Rigorous new system will also provide an expanded role for junior doctors and nurses

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Commons chamber awash with the blood of scapegoats

In what seems like another age, but was actually February this year, David Cameron made a sober, non-partisan Commons statement on the Francis report’s exposure of the gruesome failings of the Mid Staffs Hospitals Trust.

Analysis: Hospital mediocrity isn't the problem - it's the failure to address it

The NHS needs a blame-free culture, a spirit of openness and the ambition to succeed

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