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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.”

Protesters in London demand that Sir David Nicholson go

Sir David Nicholson: The man they couldn't hang

The decision to back the NHS chief is morally wrong, and has lost the coalition a rare opportunity to gain trust on health

Winterbottom prepares for the 1962 World Cup

Walter Winterbottom: The great guru born 100 years ago today

He shaped England's international game in ways that are still being felt today, as a new book reveals

Staffordshire terriers: the case for the defence after 14 year-old girl Jade Anderson was savaged to death

We recommend people do their research properly, but Staffordshire terriers are not particularly hard work

Patient groups tonight attacked plans to radically scale back inspections of hospitals believed to be performing well

Patients attack plan to reduce inspections of
best hospitals

Families of those who died in the Mid Staffs scandal fear the new regime might not pick up poor care

Bart Simpson faces Mr Burns in court - but this is real-life Warwick, not Springfield

Judge Mr Recorder Burns gives company director Barton Simpson community order for attempting to board flight with antique hand gun

Stafford Hospital, where the trust has been the focus of controversy

Former nurse at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital admits twice recording dead patient as 'asleep'

A nurse has admitted twice recording a deceased patient as ‘asleep’ in the opening of a hearing into the conduct of two staff nurses at scandal-ridden Mid Staffordshire Hospital.

Heart patients will be able to check their surgeon's track record

Patients waiting for heart surgery will be able to check the track record of cardiac surgeons and their hospitals on-line before their operation, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said yesterday.

Recaptured murder suspect John Anslow to appear in court after arrest in Cyprus

Anslow was one of five charged with murder of businessman in 2010

Fugitive murder suspect John Anslow extradited to UK after arrest in Cyprus

Anslow was one of five charged with murder of businessman in 2010

Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients are thought to have died needlessly in a four-year period

Twins 'died after morphine error' at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

Premature twins born at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital died after receiving an overdose of morphine administered in error, a disciplinary hearing has been told.

Stafford nurse refused to lift 'naughty little monkey', tribunal told

A senior nurse in a scandal-hit hospital told a seriously ill elderly woman patient she was a “naughty little monkey” and refused to help lift her from a wheelchair on to a bed, a tribunal heard today.

Bolton NHS Foundation chief steps aside over deaths attributed to septicaemia

A hospital chief executive has stepped aside after an investigation revealed an unusually high number of deaths were classified as due to septicaemia.

Jeremy Hunt has warned senior NHS executives there will be “consequences” if they have wrongly gagged a former manager from speaking out about concerns over patient safety

Jeremy Hunt writes letters to every NHS Trust as he steps up pressure over whistleblower 'gags'

Jeremy Hunt stepped up pressure on NHS bosses to end the use of legal gags on whistleblowers today but faced calls for an independent inquiry into his own department's involvement.

'There will be consequences': Jeremy Hunt warns senior NHS executives over Gary Walker gagging order

Jeremy Hunt has warned senior NHS executives there will be “consequences” if they have wrongly gagged a former manager from speaking out about concerns over patient safety.

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