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Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence

Up to 1,200 patients died needlessly at Stafford hospital between 2005 and 2009

Hospital bosses face prosecution over care failings

Hospital and care home managers who allow neglect and abuse to take place on their watch could face criminal prosecution and unlimited fines under new Government plans designed to restore trust in the health service after a series of high profile NHS scandals.

The Girl Guides have nothing to do with religion and they never have done

Anyone feeling nostalgic for the old wording of the Girl Guides' oath should remember the real joy of guiding is in meeting new friends and learning new skills

Infosys boss warns UK not to freeze out talent with new visa rules

India's leading business trade body has pressed the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to loosen visa restrictions that it says are making it harder for foreign companies to bring workers into Britain.

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Central Europe under water: Floods wreak havoc in Germany and Hungary

Tens of  thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes as further dramatic rises in the levels of the swollen Elbe and Danube rivers continued to cause chaos

A house in the German town of Mühlberg is submerged after the Elbe flooded. Two-thirds of the town’s 2,000 inhabitants have fled

Hungary and Germany brace for surging floodwater

The crest of the flood-swollen Danube surged towards the Hungarian capital, Budapest, today, while communities along the Elbe in Germany braced themselves for high water as the river churned towards the North Sea.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has said she cries every morning because she has started losing her hair

Tory MP Nadine Dorries speaks of hair loss on Daybreak

Former I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! star says it makes her 'cry every morning'

Thousands more medical students will be trained as family doctors under plans to be announced by Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt to outline plans for more GPs

Thousands more medical students will be trained as family doctors under plans to be announced today by Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary.

Royal Voluntary Service has now formally removed the 'Women's' from its name to become the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and encourage more men to volunteer

For WRVS read RVS: Charity drops 'Women' from its title to woo more male volunteers

Re-naming marks 75th anniversary and pledge to help two million older people within the next ten years

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The Government's Care and Support Minister minister Norman Lamb

System for looking after elderly people is dysfunctional and getting worse, says care minister

The Government's Care and Support Minister minister Norman Lamb has warned that the way the elderly are cared for is "dysfunctional" and that it is "getting worse" as the population ages.

Paperback review: The Cleaner of Chartres, By Salley Vickers

Fans of Salley Vickers's appealing mix of psychological acuity and religious appreciation will have few complaints here, because this novel traces territory familiar to previous works such as Miss Garnet's Angel or Mr Golightly's Holiday.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Louie: The Complete First Season (15)

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Record numbers of care homes and providers are in crisis as they struggle to service a £5bn debt mountain

Care homes on the brink as bailiffs move in

Thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable elderly people face rising bills and the prospect of forced relocation from struggling care homes, because record numbers of providers are slipping into administration.

Last night's viewing - Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day, BBC2; Pop! The Science of Bubbles, BBC4

Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day – the results of a transverse biopsy on the National Health Service – has a very simple question at its heart: "If we could see what this institution does in one day, what would it make us think?" My guess is that the makers of the series pretty much know the answer to this question already.

Prime Minister David Cameron helping Baroness Thatcher outside Downing Street

Stroke factfile: the killer which affects 150,000 a year

About 150,000 people suffer a stroke every year. A third make a good recovery within a month. Most however, have long term difficulties with speech or movement and the worst affected die.

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