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

Jeremy Laurance: A misplaced sense of loyalty leads to errors being buried

The first question on the lips of any patient who learns that one in two operations by some surgeons ends in failure will be: how can I avoid them?

GP injected man to 'hasten death'

A "tired and stressed" doctor administered a dangerously high dose of diamorphine to a terminally-ill patient so he could "die in peace", a medical disciplinary panel was told.

Video: 'Miracle' one-day-old has open heart surgery

A one-day-old baby has become one of the youngest children in Britain to undergo open heart surgery.

Video: Doctors must raise abuse fears

New guidelines by the General Medical Council say doctors should raise any concern a child is being abused with both parents and children.

Stephen Foley: The US finances may be going to hell, but at least someone has noticed

US Outlook: Even writing this down feels like it might jinx it, but here goes: it has been a rather optimistic week in US politics. Finally, the nation's leaders appear to be having a grown-up debate on how to reduce the government's massive deficit and on how the country might live a little closer to within its means. Finally.

Pathologist's reports flawed

A pathologist's post-mortem reports on the first victim of the "Camden Ripper" Anthony Hardy were partially flawed, a disciplinary panel has found.

Grace Williams Says it Loud, By Emma Henderson

A first novel that speaks volumes

Bleasdale resigns from HCL board

Kate Bleasdale has resigned from the board of Healthcare Locums, the healthcare staffing firm she founded back in 2003, though she remains an employee of the company.

Doctor appraisals too weak, say MPs

Plans for doctors to face annual appraisals to ensure they are fit to practise contain weaknesses, a group of MPs has said.

Female circumcision doctor fails in plea

A shamed 81-year-old doctor who was struck off nearly 20 years ago for agreeing to perform a female circumcision failed in his bid to be restored to the medical register today.

Eminent surgeon joins right-to-die campaign

The heart transplant pioneer Sir Terence English has joined the right-to-die campaign. As one of Britain's most eminent surgeons, and a former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Terence's involvement will give added impetus to demands for doctors to be allowed to assist terminally ill patients to take their own lives.

The Quickening Maze, By Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds' superb depiction of the 19th-century poet John Clare, suffering bouts of madness and being treated with the revolutionary methods of Dr Matthew Allen at High Beach Asylum, is a work of poetry itself.

Investment Column: Braemar Shipping looks to Asia for growth

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Bunzl looks for growth overseas

The grocery and retail packaging giant Bunzl said yesterday that a consumer spending squeeze had dented first-half sales in the UK as the firm looks overseas for growth.

Ian Tomlinson pathologist's fitness to practice impaired

A General Medical Council disciplinary panel today ruled Dr Freddy Patel, the pathologist who carried out the first autopsy on Ian Tomlinson who died at last year's G20 protest, acted in a way that amounted to misconduct during two earlier post-mortem examinations and his fitness to practise is impaired.

Scottish singer Susan Boyle will perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow
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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn