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Affordable old age: U-turn on money for elderly care

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Women signing up for cosmetic surgery could be compelled to wait for several weeks before having the procedure as part of a mandatory "cooling off period" being considered by the Government.

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British Medical Association staff to stage fresh strike tomorrow in dispute over pay

Staff employed by the British Medical Association will stage another strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay.

South London NHS Trust put into administration

Andrew Lansley has formally dismissed the directors of an NHS Trust losing £1 million a week and imposed a new administrator in an attempt to turn the hospital’s fortunes around.

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Andrew Lansley was excluded from key meetings at which the Government's highly controversial plans to reform the NHS were first drawn up, a new book serialised in The Independent reveals today.

Care pathway used to 'cut costs' claim doctors

Hospitals may be withholding food and drink from elderly patients so they die quicker to cut costs and save on bad spaces, leading doctors have warned.

The Department of Health claimed over £1.5 billion had been saved on “bureaucracy and IT” while the amount of money going into “frontline” services had increased by £3.4 billion.

Cameron accused of breaking pledge over NHS

Amount of money spent by the NHS falls for only the second time in more than two decades

Mystery disease kills 61 children in Cambodia

Health chiefs in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a mystery disease that has killed more than 60 children over the past three months.

UK is losing the war on drugs, says Ken Clarke

The UK is “plainly losing” the war on drugs - and may even be going backwards, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said today.

Hospital PFI project went ahead despite warnings

Auditors' report reveals how ministers were told that deal for new facility was unsustainable

At least 30 health trusts need radical surgery to restructure services

More than 30 NHS trusts could be forced to merge, devolve services into the community and make job cuts as part of a radical restructuring of hospital care across England.

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