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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking set to resume in Lancashire in bid to prove shale gas industry is commercially viable

Fracking activities are set to resume in an area that was hit by two minor earthquakes linked to the controversial technology.

The scene of Lee Rigby's death, in Woolwich, south east London

Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby's funeral to be held in 'next two weeks'

Murdered soldier's funeral will reportedly be held in Bury, which has strong links with his regiment, the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

It won't be shale gas that keeps the lights on

There are fears that fracking may lead to the contamination of groundwater
Mike Farrar: The former chief of Morecambe Bay's strategic health authority heads the NHS Confederation

Exclusive: Second report into baby deaths scandal was buried

Another NHS boss in line of fire over CQC cover-up

Cynthia Bower, former Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Exclusive - 'I've been hung out to dry': CQC chief Cynthia Bower hits back at accusations of a cover-up after deaths of mothers and babies at Morecambe Bay NHS hopsitals

The former head of the Care Quality Commission accused of conspiring to suppress a report into a flawed inspection of an NHS Trust has categorically denied being involved in a cover up.

Caution urged over 'knee jerk reaction' to CQC watchdog reform

Ministers should not have a "knee jerk reaction" and overhaul England's health and care regulator, doctors' leaders have said.

James Foster’s 143 continued a fine run of form for Essex

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Name and shame! Truth must come out vows Jeremy Hunt after report reveals baby deaths CQC cover-up

New chairman of the Care Quality Commission says that his organisation is still “not fully set up” to inspect hospitals

Joan Smith: 'Until Hall suddenly changed his plea to guilty, he lied through his teeth about his assaults on girls'

BBC veteran Stuart Hall to be sentenced for sex assaults

Hall initially denied the allegations as 'pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious'

Will Beer, of Sussex, runs out Northamptonshire’s Rob Keogh

Round-up: Samit Patel serves a reminder with career-best 129

Samit Patel's first one-day century for three years guided Nottinghamshire to a six-wicket victory over Warwickshire on Sunday and maintained their 100 per cent start to this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.

Up and away: Holly Bleasdale parted company with her coach Julien Raffalli in highly emotional circumstances

Down-to-earth Holly Bleasdale can scale new heights

Pole vaulter is only 21 in a discipline dominated by thirtysomethings but wants to be the third woman to jump five metres

Essex v Lancashire match report: Essex skittled for just 20 on day of humiliation

Essex 273 & 20 (Mickleburgh 10; Chapple 5-9); Lancashire 398 (Katich 122; Masters); 4-72 Lancashire win by an innings and 105 runs

Owen Coyle

Wigan confirm Owen Coyle will succeed Roberto Martinez after the former Bolton manager beats Steve McLaren to the post

The Scot returns to management following his dismissal by Bolton last year

Nottinghamshire might not want to be labelled as a one man team but there is no escaping how much stronger they are with Andre Adams in their side
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project