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Only 19 per cent of GPs said that they would continue to be in the profession beyond the age of 64

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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

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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.

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One man, fearful of an impending general anaesthetic, was branded a 'baby' by his surgeon, according to the report

Health ombudsman criticises 'insincere apologies and unclear explanations' over NHS mistakes

Complaints to the NHS about the failure of doctors, nurses or managers to admit mistakes or apologise when things go wrong have leapt by 50 per cent in a year. Almost four out of five were upheld.

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Instead of an outright ban on activities deemed "undesirable" - like getting off your head on booze - the state is trying to render them socially inacceptable

No plans to review abortion law, insists health minister Earl Howe

The Government has “no plans” to review the abortion laws, health minister Earl Howe insisted today.

California Governor Jerry Brown called the therapies ‘quackery’

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Psychotherapists have been told by their biggest professional body that it is unethical for them to try to “convert” people from being gay to straight.

Benefits of male circumcision 'outweigh the risks'

The health benefits of circumcising baby boys outweigh the risks associated with the procedure, according to leading paediatricians.

Doctors suspended strikes over pensions... for now

Doctors have suspended plans for more strikes over pension reforms but have said they will not rule out further industrial action in future.

Andrew Lansley reopens talks with doctors

The Health Secretary has reopened talks with doctors following their industrial action over the Government's controversial pension reforms.

Andrew Lansley received a stony and at times hostile response at the Royal College of Nursing’s conference yesterday

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