Voices Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

‘My onesie saved my baby’s life’ – newborn caught in garment during shock car park birth

A young mum has hailed a Christmas onesie for saving her newborn baby’s life after it stopped him hitting the pavement when she gave birth unexpectedly.

Jimmy Savile's victims are calling for a single judge-led inquiry.

Victims of Jimmy Savile call for a single inquiry

They fear current processes could leave questions unanswered

Weight-loss programmes are being cut in some areas of England despite the growing obesity crisis, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned

‘Postcode lottery’ denies patients access to treatment despite obesity crisis, surgeons warn

Weight-loss programmes are being cut in some areas of England despite the growing obesity crisis, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, the man designated England’s 'whistleblower in chief', said that his first wave of inspections had left him struck by the 'good, excellent, even outstanding care' received by thousands of patients, despite a year of inquiries into under-performing hospitals and negative media reports

Exclusive: NHS care is ‘outstanding’, says hospitals tsar Sir Mike Richards

Sir Mike Richards offers robust defence of service in exclusive interview with The Independent

Women are offered a range of safe options for childbirth and most have a positive experience

Indyplus exclusive: A call from the midwife: Why I am resigning after 10 years in the NHS

Exhausted, demoralised and fearful, one midwife has had enough of being the public face of a system that is moving away from high-quality care

Midwives have spoken anonymously about devastating staff shortages, which has an impact on patient care

Midwives and patients warn of ‘devastating’ staff shortages

As an Independent article by an exasperated midwife goes viral, mothers, patients and other NHS professionals come forward with their own experiences of maternity care

Some GP's surgeries could lose up to 15 per cent of their income

Health commissioning groups preparing to put certain medical services out to tender

GPs set to lose out on income as private companies like Bupa and Alliance look to move in

Women are offered a range of safe options for childbirth and most have a positive experience

A call from the midwife: Why I am resigning after 10 years in the NHS

Exhausted, demoralised and fearful, one midwife has had enough of being the public face of a system that is moving away from high-quality care

'NHS 111 is now a stable and improving service and we are confident it will continue to get better'

Botched launch of 111 helpline could cost NHS an extra £5.5m

The chief operating officer at NHS England said the service is 'now stable and improving, and we are confident it will continue to get better'

Multiple sclerosis charity says benefits reform is creating anxiety amongst sufferers

Changes to the benefits system are forcing those in greatest need of aid to suffer, a charity has warned.

Dr Fox said doctors and nurses were partly responsible for incidences of poor care, referring to the Stafford Hospital scandal

Liam Fox calls for end to ring-fencing of finances for 'wasteful NHS'

Former Shadow Health Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, says an obsession with targets and spending was 'killing patients'

Whistleblower Julie Bailey, of the campaign group 'Cure the NHS' poses outside the Houses of Parliament with a copy of the report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Foundation Public Inquiry.

NHS whistleblower Julie Bailey abused on Facebook after being awarded CBE

Cure the NHS activist Julie Bailey and nurse Helene Donnelly were both mentioned in the New Year Honours List for their work as whistleblowers

Liver disease is the fifth-biggest killer in the UK, and the only major cause of death which is on the increase

NHS 'could save £600m a year' by screening for liver disease

The NHS could save £600m every year simply by screening people believed to be at risk of liver disease, experts have claimed.

The leaders of 10 NHS organisations have called for an end to waves of criticism of the health service

NHS leaders call for end to waves of criticism of health service

Senior officials want to leave ‘fear, blame, recrimination and demoralisation’ behind, and to 'go forward with energy and optimism'

Ambulances in London

Health Minister Norman Lamb pledges action on rural ambulance response times after death of young chef Peter Nelson

Norfolk chef’s death from brain haemorrhage may be linked to long wait for transport to hospital

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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