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Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

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NHS to boost number of staff trained to treat dementia patients

The number of NHS staff with dementia training will reach 100,000 by March next year under a shake-up of medical education in England.

Forum for NHS staff to get together and talk to be expanded

Initiative sees doctors, nurses and other staff get together to discuss stresses or dilemmas they have faced while caring for patients

Sir David Nicholson

Sir David Nicholson quits: NHS chief awarded £1.9m pension pot

Sir David stepped down in wake of Mid Staffs scandal

Senior nurses issue warning over staffing levels

A group of senior nurses is warning that staffing levels on many hospital wards in England are unsafe.

Ambulance queues have left thousands outside A&E for more than 30 minutes

Demand on A&E departments is 'out of control', warns health regulator

Demand on NHS accident and emergency departments is “out of control” and “totally unsustainable”, the head of the health and social care regulator has warned.

Deal or No Deal winner Caroline Banana sentenced for fraud

A mother who won £95,000 on the television show Deal or No Deal has been ordered to do 215 hours unpaid work.

14 health trusts with high mortality rates had 3,000 more deaths than expected in single year

Fourteen NHS Trusts under investigation for persistently high mortality rates had 3,000 more deaths than expected in one year, according to latest figures.

Jeremy Hunt accuses Royal College of Nurses of putting its own interests above patient care as nursing leaders call Government reforms 'a really stupid idea'

Nursing leaders were accused tonight by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, of putting the interests of their profession above patient care after they called Government reforms a “really stupid idea”.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stafford Hospital, lost sight of its responsibility to provide safe care

Scandal-hit Mid Staffs NHS trust placed into administration to ensure 'sustainable delivery' of services

The scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to become the first foundation trust in the country to be put into administration, regulators confirmed.

Gillian Astbury died in Stafford Hospital, aged 66, because nurses failed to give her insulin

First criminal probe into patient death at scandal-hit Mid-Staffs hospital

Officials admit diabetic Gillian Astbury suffered ‘appalling’ care on ward before she died

Children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary will restart on Wednesday

Children's heart surgery to restart at Leeds General Infirmary on Wednesday

Children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary will restart on Wednesday, NHS England said today.

Eric Pickles condemns 'under-the counter pay-offs' as £14m bill for gagging orders for 5,000 axed civil servants is revealed

200 staff in Whitehall and 4,562 in local authorities signed 'compromise agreements'

Hospital wards will have to ask for marks out of five

Anyone admitted to hospital will soon be able to see what former patients thought of the care they received on a ward-by-ward basis, the NHS will announce today.

A patient is taken to the operating theatre in the Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Get back on the ward: patients tsar tells nurses to talk less and care more

No 10 adviser says NHS hospitals should consider getting rid of central nursing stations to re-engage staff with their patients

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