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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.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament that thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable patients have been locked up on the say so of doctors (Picture posed by model)

Thousands wrongly sectioned under mental health act following 'technical error'

Error will require immediate retrospective legislation to avoid a deluge of legal complaints

Controversial decision on heart surgery units halted amid threats of legal action and protests

A controversial decision to close three children's heart surgery units in England has been halted by the Government amid threats of legal action and growing protests from MPs and families.

Anger at cost of NHS reforms

The NHS reforms will cost £300m more than expected, the Government has admitted.

Niall Dickson, General Medical Council: 'The scheme is the biggest change in medical regulation for 150 years'

Doctors to face regular checks as performance fears are raised

More than 1,000 doctors in England could be putting patients at risk after serious concerns about their competence were raised by their NHS Trust, private hospital or employer.

NHS reforms cost soars by £300m

The Government's controversial NHS reforms are to cost £300 million more than previously thought, the Health Secretary said.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the figures showed spending on food varied 'wildly across the country'

If hospital figures for food spend are so wildly inaccurate, what else are they getting wrong?

From waiting times, to medication errors, to surgical outcomes; NHS decisions are made on the basis of data. It's vital that data is correct.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the figures showed spending on food varied 'wildly across the country'

Healthy eating? Hospital spends just £2.19 a day on patients' meals

Investigation launched after health figures reveal huge disparities across country

Government hospital food guidance is revealed

Some NHS hospitals are failing to provide patients with high quality and healthy meals, the Health Secretary has warned.

No plans to review abortion law, insists health minister Earl Howe

The Government has “no plans” to review the abortion laws, health minister Earl Howe insisted today.

Editorial: Survival kit for Mr Cameron

He saw himself as the heir to Blair, but had not done the spadework in Opposition
Jeremy Hunt believes the abortion limit should be cut to 12 weeks - half the present maximum

PM urged to reopen debate as Health Secretary sharpens focus on calls for lower abortion limit

David Cameron was tonight facing demands to reopen the debate on Britain's abortion laws after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for the current time limit to be halved to 12 weeks.

Tories offer £155m boost to nursing and cancer care

David Cameron will announce a £155m boost for nursing and cancer treatment today as he seeks to demonstrate the Conservatives' own "One Nation" credentials.

Jeremy Hunt and privatisation are no recipe for saving the NHS - but try telling the Blairites that

The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Health should be a warning for all; we must learn from our former mistakes before privatising our national institution.

Leading article: Any resemblance may not be purely coincidental

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life, Oscar Wilde once said. And he reached that conclusion without the benefit of seeing mockumentaries such as the London Olympics spoof Twenty Twelve, the US White House satire Veep or its British inspiration The Thick of It, which is about to return for a new series.

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