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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.

Magic mushrooms can have a lasting positive effect on personality

Professor David Nutt wants to do scientific research into illegal drugs. What's so nutty about that?

The erstwhile drugs tsar's wants more freedom to conduct scientific research into the medical properties of drugs. It isn't all that radical, so why isn't Government listening?

Eric Pickles condemns 'under-the counter pay-offs' as £14m bill for gagging orders for 5,000 axed civil servants is revealed

200 staff in Whitehall and 4,562 in local authorities signed 'compromise agreements'

Student nurses will be made to work for up to a year as junior healthcare assistants if they want to receive NHS funding for their nursing degrees

Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal: Government accepts that student nurses need more hands-on experience

Student nurses will be made to work for up to a year as junior healthcare assistants if they want to receive NHS funding for their nursing degrees, the Government will announce today.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 13 March 2013

Cameron U-turn over drink pricing

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

Doctors dismayed over David Cameron's apparent U-turn on minimum price on alcohol

David Cameron failed to restate his faith in the minimum pricing of alcohol today, heightening fears among doctors that he has ditched the policy.

Coasting culture can kill, Jeremy Hunt warns hospitals

Too many middle-of-the-road hospitals are “hitting targets but missing the point”, the Health Secretary is to warn.

Ministers set to act over smoking

Plain cigarette packs 'on the way' for UK

Ministers could announce plans to introduce plain packets for cigarettes later this year, reports suggest.

'Less than half' of dementia sufferers have 'good quality of life' in care homes

Charity warns 80 per cent of people in care have condition

Disabled face 'funding black hole'

Leading charities say disabled adults are in danger of being forgotten in the social care debate after the Health Secretary's statement last week failed to allay their fears of a £1.2bn deficit in disability funding.

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Cap on lifetime care costs only tinkers around edges, say critics

Pensioners’ leaders tonight condemned the Government’s plans to limit care home bills for the elderly as “tinkering around the edges” of much-needed change.

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Public urged to buy insurance to pay for £75,000 care bills

Millions of working Britons will need to take out insurance to pay for their care in old age in addition to saving for a pension, under government plans.

NHS chief: Hospitals are bad for old people's health

Hospitals are "very bad places" to care for frail, elderly patients and new ways must be found to treat them in the community, the new independent head of the NHS has warned.

There's a 25% shortage of palliative care consultants

Liverpool Care Pathway: A way of death worth fighting for?

It has been denounced as 'euthanasia by the back door'. Now specialists in palliative medicine are defending its use

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visits Kings College Hospital

Sack the managers of failing hospitals, says Hunt

Hospital managers who preside over failings that lead to patient deaths should face dismissal, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said today.

Nursing standards will improve, says David Cameron

More funding for training and surveys of friends and family will help improve nursing standards this year, the Prime Minister said today.

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