Life and Style ban would only affect England

Health campaigners say ban could protect nearly half a million children who are exposed second-hand smoke every week

John Major feared affair resignation precedent, David Mellor tells Leveson Inquiry

Ex-Conservative prime minister John Major feared that the resignation of ministers "found with unfortunate girlfriends" would set an undesirable precedent, former heritage secretary David Mellor said today.

Recall over flawed smear tests

About 1,000 women have been called back to a North East surgery amid concerns that smear tests taken over the past 24 years were botched, health officials said today.

Anne Milton announced a review of the cost of the milk scheme

Return of the milk snatchers? Government accused of targeting under-fives for cuts

Campaigners warn that any cap on costs might leave providers unable to afford to maintain scheme

Over-60s put off seeing GP

People in their 60s are ignoring signs of ill health because they fear being dismissed as hypochondriacs or believe medical problems are a by-product of ageing.

Fewer than a third of senior jobs held by women

Fewer than a third of the most senior jobs in the UK are held by women, according to new figures.

NHS education reforms 'lack detail'

The Government's plans to reform education and training in the NHS are unclear and lack detail, MPs have warned.

Patients to get choice of where they have medical tests

Patients will be able to choose where they have essential medical tests under a new scheme announced today.

Rise seen in mixed-sex NHS ward breaches

The number of breaches of rules on mixed-sex NHS wards rose by nearly 100 last month, according to new figures.

Cheap tricks: as shoppers, we are less influenced by price than we think we are. Habit is a more powerful influence

Supermarkets join food experts in new bid to tackle UK obesity

New food labels could be set to hit the shelves as part of the fight against obesity. Supermarkets and nutrition experts will take part in a 12-week Government consultation launched today to devise a single system of displaying salt, fat, sugar and calories.

NHS reform risk report to remain secret

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley vetoed the publication of a confidential risk assessment of the Government's contentious NHS reforms today.

Evidence shows carers are twice as likely to suffer ill health as the general

Britain's army of unpaid carers 'being pushed to breaking point'

New poll of carers reveals 60 per cent are suffering health problems and many are aged 60 or over

Chinese 'baby flesh' capsules prompt customs crackdown in South Korea

South Korea is planning to step up its customs inspections after the discovery of thousands of Chinese-made capsules filled with what officials said was powdered human flesh.

Cuts fear at privatised NHS hospital

Bosses at the UK's first privately-run NHS general hospital have insisted they will improve standards despite claims that they will need to make "eye-watering" savings.

Frankel, rated the world’s best horse, is to work in public on Sunday

Newmarket to get free preview of Frankel

Those who get to Newmarket on Sunday with time to spare before the 1,000 Guineas card will have the considerable bonus of seeing the best horse on the planet go through his paces before racing.

Designer packs being used to lure new generation of smokers

Tobacco companies are resorting to slick presentation to target children aged six to 11

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