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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.”

GMC investigates senior Department of Health manager over claims she put targets ahead of patient safety

A senior Department of Health manager is under investigation by the General Medical Council over allegations that she ordered a hospital trust to hit its waiting list targets “whatever the demand.”

Stafford Hospital nurse cries as she recounts treatment of patient

A senior nurse at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital failed to hold back tears at a disciplinary hearing as she recounted the brutal treatment of an elderly dementia patient by a Bulgarian nurse.

Police must probe NHS deaths, says Jeremy Hunt

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, last night urged police to investigate the hundreds of deaths put down to the Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal.

Editorial: Sir David Nicholson should fall on his sword

With new revelations about contaminated food and Michael Gove's U-turn on GCSEs, the defining event of this week – the report by Robert Francis QC on the scandalous failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust – risks slipping from the public eye. That must not happen. The conclusions must be heeded and the recommendations acted upon. David Cameron's announcement of a new chief inspector of the NHS and the investigations of five more hospital trusts can be only a start.

Caroline Banana is accused of failing to tell the authorities about her winnings

Deal Or No Deal winner faces benefit fraud charge

A mother-of-two who won £95,000 on the TV show Deal or No Deal has been charged with benefit fraud.

Stop complaining about hospital 'service'. NHS Nurses aren't waitresses

How dare we subject what little we have left of Britain's utopian vision to the same complaint culture that we would a day-trip that didn’t live up to our expectations?

The News Matrix: Thursday 7 February 2013

Farage is a Stalinist dictator, says MEP

The NHS employs more than 1.3 million staff and runs up to 500 hospitals

This sickness is about more than individual failings

It’s tempting to look for scapegoats. But it’s the wider culture that needs addressing

Julie Bailey, of campaign group Cure the NHS, whose mother Bella died aged 86 while she was a patient at Stafford General Hospital

Families call for bosses to be held responsible for deaths of relatives

The families of patients who died after receiving substandard care at Stafford Hospital have demanded that senior managers – including the current head of the NHS – be held responsible for the deaths of their loved ones.

Passengers stranded in Terminal 5

Flight delayed? Now you can sue: Landmark ruling could mean customers receive payouts for hold-ups over three hours

Travellers can now theoretically claim compensation for delays dating back to 2005

Staffordshire General Hospital

Staff member suspended at scandal-hit NHS trust after baby is found with dummy taped to its face

Police have launched an investigation at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital after a baby was found with a dummy taped to its face.

Pensioner arrested for throwing banana at referee

A 74-year-old man was arrested after allegedly throwing a banana at the referee during last night's game between AFC Wimbledon and Port Vale.

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Man shot with Taser stun-gun during arrest dies in hospital

A man who was shot by police using a Taser during his arrest has died in hospital.

Scandal-ridden NHS trust to be broken up

The NHS trust at the centre of the worst health service scandal in more than a decade has no future, an NHS regulator has concluded.

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