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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness