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

The Confessions of Gordon Brown is at the White Bear Theatre

Cadres of expert advisers are about to be introduced to Whitehall: It's about time

To the public this is no more than an SW1 issue, to the Whitehall mandarins it represents an earthquake

Nikki Sinclaire MEP

MEP Nikki Sinclaire 'overwhelmed' by support as UK’s first 'sex-change parliamentarian'

MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she is “overwhelmed” by the volume of support she received after revealing herself as Britain’s first “sex-change parliamentarian” after undergoing gender reassignment surgery more than two decades ago.

Health expert calls for age of consent to be lowered to 15

Leading public health advisor to Government says 15-year-olds should be allowed to get support and contraception

NHS spending on local surgeries has dropped

Family doctors are receiving a smaller slice of NHS funding than ever before and urgently need more support, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.

Government will introduce a new criminal sanction for 'wilful neglect', covering any staff suspected of abusing or mistreating patients in their care

'Neglect is unacceptable': NHS staff face jail if patients are abused

Measure was one of the key recommendations of a report into the fallout from the Mid Staffordshire scandal

The NHS carried out 2,000 labial reductions in 2010

'Designer vagina' boom: Unnecessary, harmful operation not to be offered to girls under age of 18, say experts

The NHS carried out 2,000 labial reductions in 2010, but this could be just 'the tip of the iceberg' as private clinics do not have to record data

Colchester General Hospital placed in special measures over cancer waiting time claims

Decision taken after staff were forced to change cancer waiting times data

NHS delays in treating eye conditions result in patients going blind from avoidable conditions

NHS patients are going blind from avoidable conditions because eye clinics are not treating them on time, a charity has warned.

A healthy step: Posters displaying how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in workplaces could help cut obesity

Putting up posters displaying how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in workplaces and public buildings could help cut obesity, a new Government-backed tech start-up has claimed.

Surgeons 'affected after surgery goes wrong,' says study

Surgeons are emotionally affected when complications occur in the operating theatre and hospitals should do more to support them to overcome feelings of guilt and loss of confidence, a study has said.

Jim Armitage: More power to Justin King as he calls it right on tax-dodgers and energy bills

Outlook Is Justin King, the Sainsbury's chief executive, running for Prime Minister? Pretty much every word he spoke yesterday raised a cheer in the Armitage household. I know he thrives on being the PR showman. I know he's making Tesco look like his store's less successful little brother (a neat trick, given that the opposite is true) and, as he plans to open a fifth supermarket in my neighbourhood, I know he's as guilty as any chain of putting small shops out of business.

Sir Bruce Keogh: 'Technology has advanced... People are living longer, which brings multiple health problems, and expectations from the public have changed'

Top doctor calls for two-tier A&E to relieve NHS casualty wards 'creaking at the seams'

Sir Bruce Keogh proposes that GPs, local pharmacists, paramedics and the NHS 111 telephone service should all do more to keep people out of hospital

Mariam Miller has lived and worked here for nine years and now has just a few days to leave

Fury at Border Agency over case of the Australian NHS therapist given just a few days to leave Britain

Mariam Miller has two masters degrees, and has lived and worked here for nine years

Vouchers for mothers who breastfeed: Isn't there enough breast-mongering in the world already?

We all know the spiel by now: ‘It's easy; it won't hurt; it guarantees world peace...’

Spending cuts have created a shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses

Coalition cuts blamed for shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses

FOI requests reveal ‘hidden workforce crisis’ at odds with official statistics

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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The days when coin-ops were the only way to play the latest video games are gone. But a small band of enthusiasts are keeping the button-pushing dream alive
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Heard the one about menstruation?

Yes, if you have been at the Fringe, where period pieces are taking centre stage