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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.

Dr Heather Wood and Cynthia Bower

CQC storm: ‘Bullying culture’ may mean care scandals go undetected

A former inspector of the Care Quality Commission has described how criticism was quashed and ‘good people’ were forced to shut up or quit

Cynthia Bower, former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission

CQC storm: ‘I can’t believe what your people have been doing. Bloody hell’

As the revelations about the alleged CQC cover-up emerge, Emily Dugan visits its call centre

Road maintenance could be affected by the cuts

Local authorities hit as part of Coalition's new £11.5bn round of spending cuts

Squeeze could affect children's centres, museums, libraries, sports centres, road maintenance and result in higher bus fares

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt: 'The proposals cannot go ahead in their current form'

Fury at Jeremy Hunt’s U-turn on child heart units

Specialists warn patients will suffer as Health Secretary suspends rationalisation plan

At least 52 staff have been silenced using the orders since 2008

NHS hospitals spend £2m on gagging orders preventing staff speaking out

Tory MP, Steve Barclay, accuses NHS chief Sir David Nicholson of either failing to ask questions about the orders or being 'complicit in a cover-up'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The health gap: New mortality rates show how the north loses out to the south

New mortality data highlights serious divisions across England but is intended to help councils improve public health

'The clock is ticking': Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne’s threat to ministers: Cut now, or face worse to come

There is growing speculation that spending on schools will be squeezed by £1bn, even though it is officially one of three 'ring-fenced' budgets along with health and overseas aid

'Grant Shapps’ children share a bedroom because he needs the other rooms for his online aliases'

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps rebuked over benefit error

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has been rebuked by the UK's statistics watchdog for wrongly claiming that nearly one million people on incapacity benefit (IB) had dropped their claims rather than face medical checks.

NHS to boost number of staff trained to treat dementia patients

The number of NHS staff with dementia training will reach 100,000 by March next year under a shake-up of medical education in England.

Jeremy Hunt has been branded 'childishly superficial and misleading'

Leading doctor launches second attack on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over 'childishly superficial and misleading' comments

Dr Laurence Buckman also said Hunt had made a mess of introducing the troubled NHS 111 emergency line

Sir David Nicholson

Sir David Nicholson quits: NHS chief awarded £1.9m pension pot

Sir David stepped down in wake of Mid Staffs scandal

Leeds NHS hospital trust to replace chief executive Maggie Boyle following children's heart surgery row

An NHS trust at the centre of a row over children's heart surgery is to replace its chief executive, it said on Saturday.

At a glance - Queen's Speech sets out Government agenda for next year. Plus what's NOT on it

Immigration Bill to 'ensure this country attracts people who will contribute and deter those who will not'

Doctors condemn Government's decision to hold plans for plain cigarette packaging

President of Royal College of Physicians appeals for a rethink from Jeremy Hunt

Professor Sir Roger Boyle; Leeds General Infirmary

Former 'heart tsar', Sir Roger Boyle, resigns over Leeds children's unit row

Sir Roger Boyle steps down as NICOR director after being accused of ‘vendetta’ against hospital

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