Life and Style General view of Solihull Hospital, West Midlands where the now-suspended surgeon operated

The procedure leaves some breast tissue behind and is not recognised by national guidelines, because of the greater risk of cancer recurring

Older doctors are six times more likely to ‘pose a risk to patients’

Doctors over the age of 55 are six times more likely to prompt major concerns about their performance than their younger colleagues, a study by a former chief medical officer has found.

Scales of justice: the Ministry of Justice is pushing through a £220 million annual cut to the criminal legal aid bill

Decision not to charge two doctors over gender-based abortions was right, DPP Keir Starmer says

The decision not to prosecute two doctors accused of arranging abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby remains the right one, the country's top prosecutor has said.

Black doctors were the least likely to secure consultant, specialist or trust doctor roles in 2012

Ethnic doctors far less likely to reach senior posts in NHS

White doctors are three times more likely to be picked for senior hospital jobs than doctors from ethnic minorities, an investigation has found.

The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

General Medical Council drops cases against four Mid Staffs doctors

Legal advisors said there was 'no realistic prospect' of securing a finding against them

'Few, if any' Muslim hospital workers wear full veil

Muslim Council of Britain say those staff who do wear the veil are 'prepared to be pragmatic' and take it off when required

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised for presiding over staff cuts

Gender abortions: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt seeks 'urgent clarification' over lack of prosecutions

CPS said it was not in the 'public interest' to prosecute two doctors accused of arranging illegal abortions, despite them having enough evidence to prosecute

Dirty Work, By Gabriel Weston. Jonathan Cape, £14.99

In Gabriel Weston's first book – prize-winning Direct Red, a memoir of life as a junior surgeon – she related an incident in which she panicked doing a tonsillectomy, and asked for the consultant. The answer was stark and brutal: JFDI ("just fucking do it"). Many doctors will be familiar with this moral dilemma, with juniors pressurised to do tasks for which they feel unprepared.

27 per cent is how much faster keyhole surgeons who play video games are than they're non-gaming colleagues, according to a study conducted by an American psychologist. They also made 37 per cent fewer errors.

Brain surgeon 'lied to patient' about removing her tumour

Medical tribunal hears that woman was told her tumour had been removed when it had not

The new GP contract requires practices to provide additional services

GPs 'flee sinking ship' as more leave the NHS to practise oversees

Number of family doctors who requested Certificates of Good Standing required for registering to work abroad has risen by more than a third since 2008

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery, The Links Medical Practice in Mottingham, has been criticised for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill

Christian-run NHS surgery criticised for refusing to prescribe morning-after pill

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery has attracted criticism for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill to patients on grounds of conscience.

Dr Andrew Wakefield has blamed the Government for the recent outbreak

‘Balderdash’ – expert’s damning verdict on the latest claims of discredited MMR scaremonger Andrew Wakefield

The discredited doctor who triggered the MMR scare 15 years ago has pinned the blame for the outbreak of measles in south Wales on the Government.

Parents stage a protest for Andy Wakefield
Treatment or placebo?

The placebo effect: doctors admit prescribing unproven treatments, unnecessary tests and pills with no active ingredient

Patients given drugs with no active ingredients, or unproven or unnecessary treatments, finds study

UK doctor was 'complicit in torture' in Saddam Hussein's regime

An Iraqi doctor was "part of the machinery" of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime and was "complicit in acts of torture", a medical tribunal has found.

The new checks were announced after cases in which foreign doctors were said to have provided sub-standard care.

Foreign doctors who want to work for NHS 'must have good English'

Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS in England will have to prove they can speak English well enough to treat patients, the Government has confirmed.

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Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
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The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

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