Patient arrives for liver operation with a bottle of vodka

A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

The cinema where the fatal shooting took place

Retired police officer 'shoots Florida father dead in cinema after row over texting' at Lone Survivor screening

Witnesses say argument broke out when former policeman asked Chad Oulson to stop using his phone during trailers

Twanda Blount helps her grandfather Chocolate Blount, 91, a 'hospice survivor', at their Alabama home

US health companies accused over jump in 'hospice survivors'

Whistleblowers say hospices treat non-terminal patients to earn more from Medicare programme

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Sixty injured in piranha attack on Christmas Day

A seven-year-old girl lost part of her finger in the attack by a shoal of the meat-eating fish

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.

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

Hands off - Christmas chocolate survives for just 51 minutes on hospital wards

Sweet-toothed medical workers are quick to delve into boxes of chocolates

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

NHS job cuts have harmed hospital care and patient safety, according to a survey UNISON conducted among its members

NHS job cuts harming patient care and safety, say staff

55 per cent said they believed cuts had “significantly impacted on patient care and safety”.

Woolwich murder trial: Armed police officer 'feared for her life as Lee Rigby accused charged towards her with machete'

One of the first police officers on the scene of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby thought she was going to die when one of the killers charged towards her waving a machete, the Old Bailey heard today.

Don't Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves, BBC4 - TV Review

As regular BBC4 viewers are assured, Scandinavian public television is dour crime thriller after dour crime thriller occasionally leavened by a po-faced episode of Borgen. Or is it? This latest Swedish import suggests there's a much richer variety of drama on offer.

He Zili, 11, is seen chained to a wall as his grandfather sits next to him at their home in Zhejiang province

11-year-old mentally-ill Chinese boy He Zili lives chained up like a dog

Young boy with mental disorders has been chained by his family in rural China for years

A smoking ban on NHS hospital grounds is a good idea. It's the last thing patients - and staff - should be doing

Removing smoking will encourage an out-of-sight-out-of-mind cultural shift

The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is increasing

Stop using police cells for those experiencing mental health-related emergencies

If you’d just had a heart attack you’d never be held in a custody

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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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