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

Martin Hickman: Mr Lansley, junk food and idiocy

In the 1998 film Bulworth, Warren Beatty's wayward Senator loses his mind and reveals how US politics is bankrolled by big corporations. While not matching the Hollywood actor's looks, the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, seems similarly to have taken leave of his senses in a series of announcements that have astonished commentators by their rapidity and foolishness.

Experts call for action over 'high death rates' at NHS trust

Health chiefs and regulators 'ignored' vital mortality data at the Pennine Hospitals Trust compiled by the team that exposed the patient-care scandal at Mid Staffordshire.

Immigration cap 'a threat to economic recovery'

Business leaders and professional groups representing sectors from doctors to IT consultants warned yesterday that a cap on the numbers of skilled immigrants will damage the economic recovery and lock Britain into a cycle of slow growth for the sake of a political "gimmick".

Doctors' errors may allow rapists to go free

Rapists and child sex abusers are escaping justice because doctors who examine their victims are making too many errors, a senior member of the British Medical Association is reported as saying.

David Hockney: Love of life is what really matters

Doctors seem obsessed with the fear of death. Its opposite is the love of life, but sadly no official body seems to know this.

Minor ailments cost NHS £2 billion annually

People seeing GPs for minor ailments such as coughs and colds are having a "catastrophic impact" on the NHS, leading healthcare professionals warned today.

Government to clamp down on 'health tourists'

A clampdown on "health tourism" by foreigners who visit Britain for NHS treatment was announced by ministers yesterday.

Jeremy Laurance: Doctors' illegible notes will be with us for years

For the past 30 years the NHS has been trying to modernise its communications and update its computer systems and each time it has ended in disaster and cost millions. The latest attempt, a £12.7bn project to link the country's 35,000 GPs with 300 hospitals and provide electronic versions of all patient medical records, has been similarly blighted by delays, cost overruns and cancelled contracts.

Obesity 'now a bigger threat than smoking'

Obesity has overtaken smoking and is now a bigger threat to people's health, American scientists have warned.

Minimum alcohol price 'would cut binge drinking'

Alcohol should be priced at a minimum of 60p per unit to drive down binge drinking, public health experts said today.

Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill Royal Academy, London

Of three pioneering sculptors celebrated in a stirring show, it is the one who died young who is the star

Treasury calls for wage freeze in public sector

Whitehall is proposing a pay freeze for 40,000 senior public servants and a 1 per cent ceiling on rises for a further 750,000 workers in the public sector.

Victory for lawyer who protected the elderly

Yvonne Hossack has dedicated her life to helping the elderly and disabled. She saved 80 care homes from closure. Yesterday, after a witch hunt by council leaders, she was allowed to continue with her crusade.
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