News Jimmy Savile volunteering as a hospital porter in 1970

A further 19 hospitals are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

Lady Thatcher admitted to hospital

David Cameron wished Baroness Thatcher a "speedy recovery" tonight after she was taken to hospital suffering from an infection.



Women wrongly told unborn babies were dead

Hospital bosses have apologised after two pregnant women were wrongly told that their unborn babies were dead during routine scans, it was disclosed today.

Father and daughter die in Essex village

A father and daughter died after being found with serious injuries in a detached house in a village yesterday.

Hospital plasters little girl's wrong arm

A hospital apologised today and launched an investigation after medical staff plastered the wrong arm of a two-year-old girl.

NHS complaints at record levels

The number of complaints about NHS hospitals and community health services in England is at a record high, figures reveal.

Surgical kits contaminated with human flesh

Operations at two hospitals were suspended after surgical kits were found to be contaminated with human flesh.

Suffocated prisoner dies in hospital

A prisoner died in hospital two days after being found suffocated, the Prison Service said today.

Man in hospital after pub shooting

A man was recovering in hospital today after a gangland-style shooting in a bar.

Hospital must close surgery

The paediatric heart surgery unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford will not resume surgery until it improves, a report said yesterday.

Hospital should stop all child heart surgery, inquiry demands

A children's heart unit at an internationally renowned hospital is so unsafe that it should never again be allowed to operate, a report is expected to demand today.

Sixteen-year-old girl shot outside pub

A 16-year-old girl and two men were shot today outside a pub, police said.

Man in critical condition after shop stabbing

A man was in a critical condition in hospital today after suffering a stab wound during an incident inside a shop.

Five men wounded in shooting

An investigation was under way today after five men sustained gunshot wounds during a shooting incident, police said.

Hospital criticised for not treating 'deteriorating' baby

A hospital maternity unit scrutinised after the deaths of two baby girls was again in the spotlight when a coroner said heart monitoring had "failed" to trigger concerns about a boy who died within a day of being born brain damaged.

John Rentoul: Public service reform more urgent than ever

A new paper from the Centre for Economic Performance finds that competition in the NHS improves hospital efficiency without any negative impact on patient outcomes.

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