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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.

In a statement today, Jeremy Hunt said: I am disgusted and appalled to read these accounts of what patients and their relatives went through.

Jeremy Hunt 'disgusted and appalled' by reports of neglect at hospital where elderly man died of starvation

Reports claim some patients treated by the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust were left thirsty with drinks left out of reach while others were left to sit in their own excrement

Backlash over ban on cheap drink

The Coalition's plans to impose a minimum price on alcohol are being opposed in the Cabinet.

Ambulance queues have left thousands outside A&E for more than 30 minutes

NHS spending has been cut, Tories forced to admit

PM's totemic election pledge is broken after watchdog rebukes Government for claiming real rise in budget

Maria Miller: The Culture Secretary says philanthropic support is so important

Middle classes targeted for charity donations in wills

Government backs plans encouraging hundreds of thousands to bequeath to arts and culture

The Sketch: Miliband looks to the Tories to do the dirty work while Cameron praises the real victim - Jeremy Hunt

When politicians face an impossible dilemma, they set up commissions and await reports. So often, it is a way of procrastinating until a day when passions have subsided and difficult decisions can be avoided.

Leveson Inquiry could become one of David Cameron's greatest regrets

When David Cameron comes to write his memoirs about his spell in office, he may well cite the establishment of the Leveson Report as one of his greatest regrets.

Plans to move some NHS services online criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses

Plans to move NHS services online to help free up clinics, including the use of Skype video calls for consultations with GPs, have been criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses.

Thousands of hospitals, care homes and clinics fail quality test says Care Quality Commission

Thousands of hospitals, care homes and clinics across England are failing to meet at least one essential safety or quality standard amid serious concerns about future risks to patients as services struggle to cope with less money and rising demands, a comprehensive report reveals today.

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK to be created

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK are to be created, the Health Secretary will announce today.

The News Matrix: Thursday 15 November 2012

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Deadly snakes seized from truck

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt meets dementia sufferer Monica Kneebone at King’s College Hospital in London yesterday

New Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tears up plans to force NHS to meet specific patient satisfaction targets

By the standards of your typical Government document it is mercifully short in length and remarkably free of jargon.

George Osborne was criticised for travelling by first-class rail

George Osborne backs gay marriage plans

Chancellor George Osborne today gave his strong personal endorsement to plans to legalise gay marriage, and warned Conservative opponents that ditching the policy would be toxic electorally.

The BBC’s Panorama programme exposed serious abuse and neglect at Winterbourne View, Bristol

Don’t just blame staff - companies must be 'accountable' for care home failings

Minister pledges new rules to ensure firms which fail vulnerable patients are punished

Fewer pensioners and at-risk patients are receiving the flu jab than last year

With winter fast approaching, many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

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