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

Andy Burnham, the shadow Health Secretary, was under pressure last night over a shocking catalogue of fatal blunders at hospitals across England

Andy Burnham defends Labour's record as healthcare report shines light on 'failings' under previous government

Shadow Health Secretary hits back by saying things have got a lot worse under Coalition

NHS chief warns service faces £30bn funding gap by 2020

Director for patients says ‘We are about to run out of cash in a very serious fashion'

Sitting next to Burnham on the top table, the outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein warned his successor, Greg Dyke, that he will need to rein in the Premier League to redress the sport’s balance of power

Curb Premier League power and cut prices, supporters summit urges

The week in which football fans marched on Premier League headquarters in central London ended yesterday with some 400 more descending on the National Football Centre, where the richest League in the world again found themselves under fire.

Record numbers of care homes and providers are in crisis as they struggle to service a £5bn debt mountain

Care homes on the brink as bailiffs move in

Thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable elderly people face rising bills and the prospect of forced relocation from struggling care homes, because record numbers of providers are slipping into administration.

George Osborne

£9bn black hole: Painful tax rises likely to hit households after next election as George Osborne is accused of fudging deficit figures

Chancellor under fire as Labour attacks £2.2bn 'raid' on NHS to honour borrowing pledge

Sir Brian Jarman said he sent the then health secretary Andy Burnham a list of hospitals with higher-than-average death rates in 2010, but no action was taken

Government ignored warnings on hospital death rates that could have saved 20,000 lives, says top health adviser

Government ministers and the NHS ignored warnings about persistently high death rates in hospitals which could have claimed the lives of up to 20,000 patients, a top health adviser has said.

Coasting culture can kill, Jeremy Hunt warns hospitals

Too many middle-of-the-road hospitals are “hitting targets but missing the point”, the Health Secretary is to warn.

The ‘Save Lewisham’ protests have led to a compromise

Protesters score partial victory for Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department

Protestors who took to the streets to save a south London hospital has scored a partial victory. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today  that Lewisham Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department has been saved from total closure.

Plans to move some NHS services online criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses

Plans to move NHS services online to help free up clinics, including the use of Skype video calls for consultations with GPs, have been criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt meets dementia sufferer Monica Kneebone at King’s College Hospital in London yesterday

New Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tears up plans to force NHS to meet specific patient satisfaction targets

By the standards of your typical Government document it is mercifully short in length and remarkably free of jargon.

Care and support for elderly people touches the lives of 10 million people

Britain's biggest care home owners have debts of more than £4.5bn

Just a year after the Government vowed to prevent another Southern Cross, we reveal the complex corporate finances that leave our elderly facing an uncertain future

Newly elected leader of BMA seeks urgent talks with health minister over strike threat

The newly elected leader of the British Medical Association is seeking urgent talks with the Government after doctors unanimously voted for further industrial action if pension negotiations are not re-opened.

Natalie Haynes: Here's why Latin is so useful, Mr Burnham

On Question Time week Andy Burnham made the latest in a series of digs about what he perceives to be the irrelevance of Latin. Speaking of Michael Gove's English baccalaureate, he expressed dismay that Gove had "found room for Latin and ancient Hebrew, but not for engineering or ICT. "How," he asked, "can that be the answer to the challenges we face in the modern world?"

Labour offers to suspend 'politics as usual' in attempt to find elderly care solution

Labour has offered to suspend “politics as usual” in an attempt to find a long-term solution to the problems of funding social care for the elderly in England.

John Prescott is bidding to become Humberside police commissioner

Diary: Police chief poll battle hots up as Labour fields heavies

Though the idea of elected police commissioners came from David Cameron, it is Labour which has been putting up the heavyweight candidates for the first round of elections in November. There is John Prescott in Hull, Alun Michael in Wales, and Tony Lloyd in Manchester – former ministers all. The Tories had one big name in the form of the Iraq war hero Tim Collins, but he dropped out.

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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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