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

Letter: `Starving' patients

Sir: Ann Winterton MP seeks to introduce a private member's Bill to "outlaw the removal of food and drink from patients" (MP plans Bill to ban starving of patients", 10 December). Many people might be shocked into initial agreement.

Poor post-surgical care kills elderly patients

A NATIONAL inquiry into hospital standards has revealed poor care that is leading to needless deaths of elderly patients after surgery.

Letter: Not keen on America

Sir: I enjoyed Denis MacShane's entertaining review of my book, The Sex-Change Society (16 November). However, I'm afraid Denis has allowed the red mist of Europe to cloud his reading. The reason I cite so many American sources is because I believe that American attitudes and values have had a profound and almost entirely malign influence upon relations between men and women and upon family stability in Britain. This influence has been far greater than that of any European society. Far from believing that "everything good comes from America", I am saying precisely the opposite.

Doctors struck off register face longer sentence

DOCTORS STRUCK off the medical register for serious professional misconduct will face stiffer sentences under proposals to be put to the General Medical Council today.

Letter: Realities of surgery

Sir: It is not often these days that one finds oneself in absolute agreement with a journalist writing about medical matters, but Jeremy Laurance's article "We're in danger of driving out our finest surgeons" (13 August) gave a clear, objective assessment of the situation regarding child heart surgery. I am disappointed that such balanced views are not expressed more in the media.

Acupuncture GP suspended

A DOCTOR practising an unorthodox form of acupuncture has been suspended by the General Medical Council after an NHS inquiry linked the treatment to the infection of 60 of his patients with Hepatitis B, writes Mark Rowe.

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NHS pays pounds 1m over surgery blunders

THE NATIONAL Health Service has paid more than pounds 1m to settle negligence claims for medical equipment left inside patients after surgery, MPs learnt yesterday.

Leading Article: NHS league tables will help to improve the nation's health

ALL LEAGUE tables are misleading, except perhaps in sport. The health tables published yesterday are no exception. The complex sets of figures showing death rates in different areas, outpatient waiting times, and survival rates for patients with different diseases can all be interpreted in different ways. Poor performance on one measure can have more to do with geography, the population and poverty than with professional competence.
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