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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

Monogamy hormone stops men straying

The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 November 2012

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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?