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One of the world's biggest tobacco companies has lost its legal fight to overturn a ban on the open display of cigarettes in shops.

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Jeremy Hunt, Former Culture Secretary:
Lord Justice Leveson found that, broadly Mr Hunt had handled the BSkyB bid “commendably” and that there was no evidence of bias in his dealings with News Corp. But the judge said Mr Hunt showed a lack of supervision of his adviser Adam Smith and may not have “fully understood how scrupulous he needed to be to avoid the appearance of bias”. A spokeswoman for Mr Hunt underlined that the Leveson Report had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

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Government claims to have made real-terms increases in NHS spending for two years are misleading and should be withdrawn, a watchdog told Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Ireland to reform abortion law

Ireland looks set to bring in laws reforming the country's limited ban on abortion in the new year.

Patients groups hit out at plan for online NHS services

Plans to move NHS services online to help free up clinics, including the use of Skype video calls for consultations with GPs, have been criticised by charities representing patients with chronic illnesses.

Plans to move some NHS services online criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses

Plans to move NHS services online to help free up clinics, including the use of Skype video calls for consultations with GPs, have been criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses.

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK to be created

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK are to be created, the Health Secretary will announce today.

The NHS is “sleepwalking” into a nursing crisis with almost one in five frontline posts under threat, the Government is warned today

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The NHS is "sleepwalking" into a nursing crisis with thousands of frontline posts lost and training positions axed, the Government is warned today.

Winter closing in as mercury drops further

Much of Britain will experience a cold snap over the coming week as winter closes in.

NHS Direct is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing and other jobs, union leaders said today

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The telephone health advice service, NHS Direct, is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing jobs, unions have claimed.

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With winter fast approaching, many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

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The Government has called off a consultation on the way counselling is offered to women who are thinking of having an abortion, Health Minister Anna Soubry said today.

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