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

Andrew Buncombe: Doctors or no doctors in North Korea? Healthcare in the hermit state

I’ve never been to North Korea and I’ve no idea what the health care system is like.

Baby P doctor failed in duty, GMC rules

A GP committed a serious breach of professional duty when he missed opportunities to identify signs of abuse on Baby Peter, the General Medical Council has ruled.

The best medical advice is to get Rooney moving

We have had metatarsals (Beckham, Rooney, Neville), cruciate ligaments (Owen), and achilles tendons (Beckham again). Now the nation turns its expertise to sprained ankles.

Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story, By Gabriel Weston

How does it feel to have someone's life in your hands? Remove a foreign object from a toddler's nose? Handle exquisitely strangulated haemorrhoids? This slender, elegantly written memoir by a female surgeon, Gabriel Weston, is a fascinating no holds barred account of life in the operating theatre.

John Rentoul: Why aren't we shocked

I didn't comment on the report in Saturday's Daily Mail about six foolish people who have had medical qualifications and who think that David Kelly was murdered, because (a) it was in the Daily Mail, and there are only so many untrue stories in the Daily Mail that one can rebut; (b) it was the same story that has appeared in the Daily Mail several times before; and (c) Oliver Kamm beat me to it.

John Coll: Moving speedily to delay cancer treatment by 6 months

I have heard so much in recent weeks about the speed, and focus etc that the NHS puts into delivering solutions for patients with life threatening disease such as cancer.

Anthony Lester: End the legal uncertainty over assisted suicide

Citizens are entitled to know if their conduct is criminal

Jeremy Laurance: The failings of the NHS have been exposed

You only have to listen to the choice of language to understand the scale of the scandal exposed at Stafford Hospital. In the five-year history of the Healthcare Commission, the inspectorate never before used the word "appalling" about any NHS institution, and there has been no shortage of candidates.

Risks from epidurals were 'exaggerated'

Epidurals and spinal anaesthetics are safer than previously thought, according to a study published today.

Forced marriage GP starts on road to recovery

The smiling face of Dr Humayra Abedin at the High Court last Friday masked months of abuse suffered at the hands of her parents and a so-called psychiatric hospital in Dhaka.

PM defiant on automatic organ donation

Gordon Brown said he was still prepared to push ahead with new rules presuming people are happy to donate organs after death, despite the plans being rejected yesterday by an expert task force he appointed. The Prime Minister is backing a change in the law to assume patients have given automatic "presumed consent" for their body parts to be used after their death, unless they decide to opt out.

Musicophilia, By Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks first began to wonder about the effects of music on the brain in 1966, when he noticed them on the patients he went on to write about in Awakenings. At that stage there was oddly little research on the subject.

IVF doctor cleared of misconduct

Disciplinary proceedings against leading IVF doctor Mohamed Taranissi have collapsed, the General Medical Council said today.

Dr Laurence Buckman: Why I'm against the new scheme

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