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

Patients could receive emergency care and the NHS could recoup the cost later

Migrants will have to pay at A&E – and all patients will have to prove they are not foreigners to get free NHS treatment

New government plans mean patients must prove they are not  foreigners – or be charged for life-saving treatment

2013 - the year in review: The year the NHS took a serious kicking

Jeremy Hunt positioned himself as a patients’ champion, shining a light on bad practice in the NHS

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Surgeon suspended from Birmingham hospital over allegedly 'branding' his name on a patient's liver

A surgeon has been suspended over allegations that he “branded” his initials onto a patient’s liver.

Under the new plans, every hospital patient will have a named doctor and nurse who is responsible for championing their care

Every hospital patient to have named doctor and nurse, Jeremy Hunt is to announce

Every hospital patient will have a named doctor and nurse who is responsible for championing their care, under plans to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday.

EU red tape means mothers-to-be in the UK may no longer be able to give birth at a place of their choice

New EU directives put independent midwives under threat

From February, it will be illegal for them to be registered without professional insurance, which many cannot afford

General view of Solihull Hospital, West Midlands where the now-suspended surgeon operated

Hundreds of breast cancer patients kept in the dark by hospital trust about concerns over rogue surgeon who carried out 'cleavage-saving' mastectomies

The procedure leaves some breast tissue behind and is not recognised by national guidelines, because of the greater risk of cancer recurring

Benefit cuts, shrinking pay packets and the rise in the cost of groceries have been cited as reasons for the rising demand for emergency help

We must not normalise food banks. Their proliferation is a mark of shame on this country

Ministers refuse to acknowledge the depth and scale of the crisis

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust placed in special measures

A&E departments deemed unsafe because of the lack of full-time consultants

The NHS is planning to hire 3,700 extra nurses in the coming months

More than 1,000 extra trainee nursing places to be created

NHS wants to tackle the growing shortage of nurses on hospital wards

Following a review into seven day care, hospitals that do not provide the same standard of care at the weekend as during the week will be fined

Have senior doctors work at weekends or face huge fines, hospitals told

The days of hospitals relying on junior doctors at the weekend are numbered, the director of NHS England has said

Visual aid: some artists have said that their work can reduce stress and help patients to heal

Cash-poor NHS spends millions on art - despite cuts that led to thousands of job losses

As one trust boasts of being the biggest art gallery in town, campaigners object to art purchases worth up to £5m

A&E departments are seeing many more patients than ever before

First missed targets of the winter heighten fears that casualty wards will struggle with seasonal workload

Casualty wards in England have missed their waiting times targets for the first time this winter, heightening fears that accident and emergency units may struggle to cope with the seasonal spike in hospital admissions.

File image showing a prison cell.

Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told

Alleged incident took place in HMP Peterborough after Nadine Wright was arrested for stealing food 'out of desperation'

Nurse develops 'micro-straw' to stop patients from becoming dehydrated in hospitals

Project aims to tackle dehydration among the elderly and vulnerable

Foreign objects such as needles, swabs and even a glove being left inside a patient were the most common type of error

NHS 'never events' revealed: surgeons carried out heart surgery on wrong patient, wrong toe removed and wrong foot operated on

Details emerge of 148 medical mistakes that guidelines dictate should never have happened - in just six months

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