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Serious doubts have been cast over the reliability of NHS waiting times figures, after the Government’s financial watchdog identified “inconsistencies” in the way that hospital trusts measure and record data.

Flatlining: the Government has been accused by Labour of intentionally 'running down' the NHS

NHS hospitals flatlining: Staff morale falls to new low after Coalition ‘bashing’

Health experts warn Mid-Staffs crisis has taken terrible toll on frontline workers

A powerful new lobby group wants ‘wider social benefits’ from the construction of HS2

‘Let disabled workers build the £43bn HS2’

UK should employ society’s ‘disadvantaged’ on high-speed line, as France did, says lobby group

The NHS is more fragmented than ever

Are ministers prepared to provide the means required to deliver integrated care?

New proposals mean Nice would have to consider 'wider societal benefits' of the treatments, which has prompted fears elderly people could be denied treatment

New NHS drugs policy could see elderly denied treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is due to change how it decides which drugs can be provided by the health service

Iain Duncan Smith blamed civil servants for not giving him the full picture of teething problems of universal credit

The only thing that might save the Government is that the opposition is so poor

Iain Duncan Smith disclosed that his 2017 target for the full introduction of Universal Credit is set to be missed - but Labour aren't quick enough to criticise

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the quality of NHS care at weekends was 'completely unacceptable'

NHS weekend failings: Report shows patients 24% more likely to die if operation is on a Friday

Statistics highlight poor quality of care for those recovering at weekends, which Jeremy Hunt calls ‘completely unacceptable’

Hawking: 'The NHS must be preserved from commercial interests who want to privatise it'

Stephen Hawking: NHS is Britain's finest public service and must be preserved from commercial interests

World-famous physicist, diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21, said he would not be alive today without the service

David Cameron will hope his China trade delegation make good progress

The money shot: David Cameron’s Chinese entourage

Cameron’s priorities clear as stars of British business join trade mission

Fathers are to be given the same rights as mothers to take up to a year off work to look after newborn babies

Fathers to get newborn ‘maternity’ rights

Parents will be entitled to share existing “maternity” leave of up to 50 weeks between them under new proposals

The new website will be used to try and name and shame doctors who have poor rates of dementia diagnosis

New government website to name and shame doctors over who have poor rates of dementia diagnosis

Critics accuse the Government of passing the blame on to local doctors and politicians for failures in dementia care

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jeremy Hunt(s) for answers to all the right questions (if they’re sent in beforehand)

There is little spontaneity in Question Time in the House of Commons. MPs arrive with their pre-prepared questions, quite often supplied for them by the business managers.

Government will introduce a new criminal sanction for 'wilful neglect', covering any staff suspected of abusing or mistreating patients in their care

'Neglect is unacceptable': NHS staff face jail if patients are abused

Measure was one of the key recommendations of a report into the fallout from the Mid Staffordshire scandal

Doctors won’t have to reveal their salaries under the terms of sweeping contract changes

Individual GPs will not have to publish their salaries under the terms of sweeping contract changes, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Voice of reason: Leyla Hussein's 'The Cruel Cut' focused on female genital mutilation

The UK’s approach to female genital mutilation isn't working

Despite being criminalised in the UK since 1985, there have been no prosecutions

The investigation into abuse of NHS hospital patients by disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile is to be extended, Jeremy Hunt has said

Jimmy Savile NHS patient sex abuse inquiry to be extended to ‘other hospitals’

Health Secretary says NHS inquiry to be delayed as up to 30 more sites to be investigated

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Education: LGBT History Month

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Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

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