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Coalition may backtrack on NHS reform plans

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has signalled that he is preparing to make concessions to his controversial NHS reform programme in the face of growing opposition from doctors, unions and his own Coalition partners.

Doctors back strike against NHS reforms

Doctors will call for industrial action against the NHS reforms and a vote of "no confidence" in the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at an emergency meeting next week.

Doctors fear reporting colleagues

About one in five doctors has had experience of an incompetent or poorly performing colleague within the past three years, a study has found.

Prescription and dental fees to rise

The cost of prescriptions in England is to rise to £7.40 per item from £7.20. The move will come as a blow to campaigners, including the British Medical Association (BMA), who have been calling for all charges to be scrapped altogether. Dental charges will also rise.

Doctors reject reform of NHS

Ministers are facing a growing rebellion from doctors over their plans to reform the NHS.

There's a risk in NHS reform, says Lansley

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today said there was "risk" involved with his radical NHS reforms, but change was necessary to improve standards for patients.

Poll reveals public doubts on health reforms

Less than a third of the public support radical health reforms which will allow private companies to provide NHS services, according to a new opinion poll.

Britain's Orthodox Jews in organ donor card row

Britain’s Orthodox Jews have been plunged into the centre of an angry debate over medical ethics after the Chief Rabbi ruled that Jews should not carry organ donor cards in their current form.

Sculpture, but not as we know it

A Royal Academy exhibition shows some of the great works of the last hundred years, but ignores the art that excites the public, says Adrian Hamilton

BMA medics 'used bits of bus to help 7/7 victims'

Doctors from the British Medical Association struggled to treat stricken victims of the 7/7 bus bombing because there was no medical equipment at their own headquarters, an inquest heard today.

Paramedics had to treat 7/7 victims using Sellotape

Sellotape and broken wood were used to hold a survivor's leg together in the aftermath of the 7/7 bus bombing, a rescuer told the inquest.

Sellotape and tables used to help 7/7 casualties

Rescuers used Sellotape and tables from local hotels to treat and move victims of the 7/7 bus bombing, the inquest into the attacks heard today.

Survivor tells July 7 inquest of 'luckiest escape'

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Eminent surgeon joins right-to-die campaign

The heart transplant pioneer Sir Terence English has joined the right-to-die campaign. As one of Britain's most eminent surgeons, and a former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Terence's involvement will give added impetus to demands for doctors to be allowed to assist terminally ill patients to take their own lives.

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