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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Race is on to save site of Roman chariot track

Campaigners hope to raise funds to preserve last remaining site of its kind in Britain

Harry Cohen apologises for breach of rules

A Labour MP ordered to forfeit his £65,000 resettlement grant for a "particularly serious breach" of parliamentary rules apologised to the Commons today.

Labour MP's breach of rules costs him £65,000

A Labour backbencher has been forced to surrender a £65,000 pay-out after Westminster's sleaze watchdog found he had committed a "particularly serious breach" of expenses rules.

Expenses breach MP Harry Cohen to forfeit resettlement grant

Labour MP Harry Cohen was today ordered to forfeit his £65,000 resettlement grant for a "particularly serious breach" of parliamentary rules.

Lives Remembered: Bill Barbour

Bill Barbour, who has died aged 89, was a classicist, codebreaker, soldier, schoolmaster, political activist and voluntary worker. He was born in 1920, to a family which had founded Combe Barbour (originally Barbour), the Belfast engineering firm; after the Great War the business failed and William Pirrie Barbour, one of a large family, was raised in relative impoverishment. His progress in life was aided by his intelligence, not wealth. Educated first at Bangor Grammar School, he was a scholar at Trinity College, Dublin and took a first in classics in 1942.

Irvine sacked by Preston

Preston have sacked manager Alan Irvine - little more than six months after he guided them into the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

Bishop sorry for praising Taliban in interview

The newly appointed bishop for the armed forces said yesterday he was "deeply grieved" to have caused offence by suggesting the Taliban could be admired for their loyalty and religious conviction.

Sacked dinner lady to appeal to tribunal

A primary school dinner lady sacked after telling a parent that his seven-year-old daughter had been bullied is likely to challenge her dismissal at an employment tribunal, union officials say.

Chairman fired as another NHS trust is censured

Up to eight more hospitals under investigation after damning report reveals unacceptable death rate at Colchester hospital

Leading article: A healthy increase in transparency

This is proving to be an annus horribilis for the NHS. First Stafford, then Basildon, now Colchester – all elite foundation hospitals found to be failing and putting patients at risk, costing hundreds of lives. The negative headlines that had dramatically diminished during the golden years of Labour's NHS spending bonanza are back: "Failing hospital", "shocking death toll", "wards of shame".

Colchester Hospital chairman removed from post

The chairman of a hospital foundation trust has been removed from his post over a series of failings, regulator Monitor announced today.

Rebels and Traitors, By Lindsey Davis

Epic proves a battle to get through

Pandora: Sven dashes North Korean dreams

As far as the millions of love-struck women living above the 39th parallel are concerned, the world knows only one impish, receding figure, with enough charisma to change the weather merely by his mood.

Barnes' plea for patience falls flat

Former England winger insists he wasn’t given enough time as Tramere wield axe

Sinners hold out against flawed Saints

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