Life and Style Macmillan Cancer have warned older cancer patients are being judged 'too old' for treatment

Some cancer patients are being “written off” as being too old for treatment, a charity has warned.

GPs paid to reduce hospital referrals

A scheme which pays bonuses to GPs for not referring patients to hospital was branded "absolutely ridiculous" by a patient group today.

Doctors to face yearly assessments

Doctors will face annual assessments so licences can be removed from poor performers, under proposals to be outlined by the Chief Medical Officer today.

Industry warned of tougher action over binge drinking

The Government promised tougher action against the alcohol industry today unless it steps up efforts to encourage sensible drinking.

Doctors criticise surgery bonuses

Doctors' leaders have warned that plans to pay bonuses to surgeons based on the outcomes of operations could discourage doctors from treating high-risk patients.

Doctors call for tougher warnings on alcohol risks

Graphic images of diseased livers should be displayed on beer cans and wine and spirits bottles to warn of the dangers of binge-drinking, doctors said yesterday.

'No blacks, no dogs,no Gypsies'

Gypsies and Travellers in the UK are uniting to form a nationwide coalition to fight what they describe as rapidly escalating levels of racism and discrimination. The leaders of the nation's largest Gypsy and Traveller organisations will hold an unprecedented gathering later this month with the aim of bringing together the country's 300,000 Roma, Irish, Welsh and English Gypsies and Travellers in a national federation.

Ministers will force family doctors to take new patients

Family doctors are to be forced to open their lists to new patients under radical reforms to allow people to shop around for the best GP practices.

GPs criticised for 'gentleman's agreements'

A Government minister accused GPs of operating "gentleman's agreements" in which they promise not to take other doctors' patients, it was reported today.

Leading article: The right medicine, but far too mild a dose

There are some decent ideas in Lord Darzi's long-awaited report on reforming the National Health Service. The proposal to shift minor surgery operation out of hospitals and into "polyclinics" makes sense; so does the idea of encouraging collectives of NHS nurses to set up their own independent health centres. The fact that these reforms have drawn fire from that most reactionary of unions, the British Medical Association, is, in itself, a sign that the rest of us should welcome them.

NHS neglects refugee doctors, says BMA

Hundreds of refugee doctors are being denied jobs in the NHS because of red tape and the unreasonable expense of registering here.

Anger over plan for polyclinics

A bitter war of words has broken out between government and family doctors over plans for polyclinics across England.

Leading article: This debate over abortion is unwanted and irrelevant

Perhaps the most striking feature of the debate on the second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Human Embryology on Monday was the large number of MPs who abstained from voting. Only just over half of those eligible to vote did so. It suggests that perhaps a large number of legislators have still to make up their minds on the wide variety of issues encompassed within the Bill.

Ann Furedi: Why the status quo must be maintained

In the coming months, MPs will have the best chance in a generation to modernise UK abortion law. The 40-year-old Abortion Act was framed in a different era of medicine and a time of different social expectations. While other areas of health care have been able to develop over time to permit doctors and nurses to modernise their practice, the law has kept abortion services trapped in the past.

David Steel: There is no case for changing the Abortion Act

When, as a relatively new MP four decades ago, I was lucky enough to draw number three in Mr Speaker's Ballot for Private Members' Bills, I decided that abortion law reform was a definitely worthwhile reform and long overdue. The figures spoke for themselves. The number of deaths of women from criminal abortion showed up in the Home Office statistics each year as somewhere between 30 and 50, and that was only the tip of the iceberg. The public wards of every hospital had cases of either self-induced or botched abortion sufferers. It seemed to me a genuine social problem.

Women who drink when pregnant 'have violent children'

The violent behaviour of the Saturday night drunk who gets into a fight on the streets may be attributable to his mother's drinking before he was born, a senior doctor has said.

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