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Syrian rebels claim control of key military base

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The NHS is “sleepwalking” into a nursing crisis with almost one in five frontline posts under threat, the Government is warned today

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The NHS is "sleepwalking" into a nursing crisis with thousands of frontline posts lost and training positions axed, the Government is warned today.

Campaign launched for memorial to volunteer nurses who lost lives in world wars

The 1,500 volunteer nurses who lost their lives during the world wars could finally be honoured with a permanent memorial, thanks to campaign by former colleagues.

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New European archive collects untold stories of the First World War

Thousands of moving war stories are being unearthed in a drive to gather a vast collection of First World War memorabilia from across Europe.

NHS Direct is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing and other jobs, union leaders said today

NHS Direct to axe hundreds of nurses as it closes call centres

The telephone health advice service, NHS Direct, is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing jobs, unions have claimed.

More than 40 people have now said they were abused by Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile 'took young girls on night visits to nurse accommodation'

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Bristol Royal Children's Hospital forced to restrict cardiac operations after health watchdog warning

A hospital at the centre of a row about the streamlining of children's heart surgery units has been forced to restrict the number of children's cardiac operations.

Baby delivered in bustling city centre

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University complaints by students expected to double because of soaring fees

Students’ complaints about their universities are expected to almost double by the end of next year because of soaring fees, according to the independent watchdog set up to investigate them.

Sorry! The hospice where employee threatened to withhold care in planning row

A hospice has apologised after a member of staff threatened to withhold care from a member of the public in a row over a planning application.

DNA advances see 1987 rapist jailed

A rapist who cheated justice for nearly 25 years has been jailed because of advances in DNA profiling.

Five-minute memoir: To the edge and beyond in Bondi

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Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General hospitals' shock at Jimmy Savile abuse claims

Two hospitals described their shock at fresh allegations against TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile which suggested he preyed on children during visits to wards as part of his catalogue of abuse.

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