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.

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

More doctors considering early retirement over workloads and pensions

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

Regional pilots of the NHS's new non-emergency hotline have reported big problems

GPs urge delay in roll-out for NHS non-emergency hotline, saying 'lives will be at risk'

Regional pilots of the scheme have reported big problems

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.

Minister urges smoke-free driving on 'child-welfare' grounds

Smoking should be banned in cars carrying children on “child-welfare” grounds, the Public Health minister Anna Soubry has claimed.

Top consultant warns against routine surgery at weekends

Hospital care will suffer if hospitals are forced to stay open at weekends for routine treatment, the leader of Britain's consultants warns today.

Leading medical bodies call for minimum alcohol unit price

A group of leading medical bodies has called on the Government to set a minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit to tackle “head on” the problems caused by cheap drink and protect the next generation.

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.

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.

There's a new species of prohibitionism on the rise

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’

Sexual 'conversion' therapy unethical, pscyhotherapists told

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

Doctors call for more strikes over pension reforms

Doctors have escalated their dispute with the Government over pension reforms by calling for more industrial action.

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