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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.

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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.

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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.

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