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

Fit to work? Concern over contract paramedics sleeping in tents between shifts

Campsite all that ambulance crew can afford on £35-a-day allowance, says whistleblower

NHS resource managers must do better to find bargains when spending taxpayer money, according to a new government procurement scheme

NHS managers to get price comparison website and use Bargain Hunt for inspiration in bid to cut supplies bills by £1.5bn

New government scheme to radically reform procurement strategy will see hospitals ranked by who can get the best deals

More than half of mothers surveyed felt their privacy was invaded

Watchdog to act over firms who bombard new mothers with marketing material on NHS maternity wards

Minister says hospitals must 'get a grip' over invasion of privacy just hours after women give birth

Privately-run hospital taken over by NHS after patient deaths following routine surgery

Commissioning Support Unit confirm services currently provided by Clinicenta will transfer to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

The Willow Springs water park in Arkansas has closed after being linked to two cases of the deadly infection in three years

Girl fights for life after ingesting brain-eating parasite while swimming in water park

The deadly microscopic amoeba made its way up 12-year-old Kali Hardig's nose to her brain during a visit to the Willow Springs lake in Arkansas

Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco firm, created a database tracking every British MP’s opinion on plain cigarette packaging as part of its successful lobbying campaign to block the rules

Cigarette firm Philip Morris 'tracked MPs' views on packaging'

The world’s largest tobacco firm created a database tracking every British MP’s opinion on plain cigarette packaging as part of its successful lobbying campaign to block the rules, it was claimed on Sunday.

Another nail in the coffin: Family doctors show support for charging patients for routine appointments

The biggest yet: £1.1bn health contract offered to private providers

Labour condemns 'most audacious sell-off to date'

Neo-Nazi Italian GP has bust of Hitler in library

Italy’s dubious relationship with far-right politics is in the spotlight again with news that an unabashed neo-Nazi doctor has been reported to the country’s health ministry.

Lynton Crosby, right, played a big part in David Cameron's election win

David Cameron accused over ‘stitched together’ Lynton Crosby memo

Conservative party election strategist denies discussed tobacco issues with PM or Health Secretary

Lynton Crosby played a big part in the Tories’ election win

Election guru Lynton Crosby denies discussing cigarette packaging with David Cameron

He says claims made that he 'sought to improperly use his position' as campaign advisor were 'simply false'

Britain last week postponed plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes

'No excuse' to delay plain cigarette packs after new study, say campaigners

Research among 500 Australian smokers has shown that smokers find cigarettes in plain packs less appealing

The government are planning on selling the state owned NHS plasma supplier to a US private equity firm

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Commons chamber awash with the blood of scapegoats

In what seems like another age, but was actually February this year, David Cameron made a sober, non-partisan Commons statement on the Francis report’s exposure of the gruesome failings of the Mid Staffs Hospitals Trust.

Britain last week postponed plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes

Tobacco industry told Government it was too early to tell if plain cigarette packaging would work – six months later ministers agreed

A major tobacco firm told the Government it was too early to assess whether selling cigarettes in plain packets would deter smokers – six months before ministers deployed the same argument.

PM's election guru Lynton Crosby triggers smoke alarm

Has his work for a tobacco giant had any influence over government policy?

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