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One in three women has taken anti-depressants during their lifetime while nearly half of those currently prescribed the medication have done so for at least five years, with a quarter doing so for a decade, according to a survey.

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Trust between doctors and patients risks being shattered by new government proposals, the British Medical Association will warn today.

Go ahead on commissioning, GPs told

GPs have been given the green light to press ahead with commissioning groups after major changes were announced to plans for reform of the NHS.

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As Coalition retreats on NHS reform, investigation reveals conflicts of interest that could give GPs a licence to print money

Jeremy Laurance: This compromise may offer the worst of all worlds

Andrew Lansley's Bill has been emasculated. The effect of the Coalition's "reform of the reforms" will be delay, less competition, more bureaucracy, less power for GPs, more for hospital doctors. It will mean a less efficient, less effective, less innovative NHS.

Leading article: The real health challenge has been ignored in this debate

The Coalition wanted a revolution in health care. The Health and Social Care Bill would have scrapped a vast tier of bureaucracy in the shape of the primary care trusts and put their powers and budgets in the hands of thousands of GP consortiums. And this would all have been done by 2013. The Bill would also have required the NHS regulator, Monitor, to promote private-sector competition in the health service. The Bill was underpinned by a philosophy that saw the proper role of central government in health care as essentially limited to signing the cheques.

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Clegg hails Lib Dems over NHS reforms

Nick Clegg has risked inflaming coalition tensions by claiming victory for the Liberal Democrats in the spat over NHS reforms.

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End-of-life patient charter is unveiled

Doctors and nurses are pledging to make sure the final wishes of dying patients are carried out.

Northern Lights: A dazzling shot in the dark

Once described as the "Dance of the Spirits", the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, is one of the most elusive of photography subjects. An award-winning British photographer who leads tours across Scandinavia in search of the perfect shot of the Northern Lights may well have captured it in this image.

Leading article: When health reform becomes a distraction

Nick Clegg's speech yesterday on the NHS was pregnant with political significance. This was effectively an instruction from the Deputy Prime Minister for David Cameron to pull the Health Bill back to the Commons or risk losing Liberal Democrat support for the legislation. David Cameron once told us that "muscular liberalism" is a virtue. Well, this was a flexing of Liberal Democrat muscle within the Coalition. The ultimatum from the Coalition's junior partner will not please the Conservative right, which regards the NHS reforms as, if anything, not radical enough.

Steve Richards: Lansley won't survive the surgery now facing his reform

As long as the NHS is financed centrally and free at the point of use, the Government cannot step back and allow a free-for-all administered by quangos

Clegg vows to veto NHS reforms

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today vowed to veto the Government's planned NHS reforms unless the package put forward by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is improved.

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