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Martin Clunes and Philippa Braithwaite pictured in January 2012

Martin Clunes used Doc Martin knowledge to stop 'nonsensical' operation being performed on his wife

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes used his medical knowledge from his years playing the grumpy West Country GP to step in and stop surgeons operating on his wife.

Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone

‘Dirty and unsafe’: Whipps Cross hospital told it must make urgent changes

Inspectors reported cases of women having to wait up to four hours to be seen at a labour ward

Dai Greene reflects on another disappointing display

World Championships 2013: Injury curse leaves Dai Greene feeling blue but Perri Shakes-Drayton is ready to provide the fizz

Defending 400 metres world champion has every reason to feel glum

Netanyahu recovering after successful hernia surgery in Israel

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, underwent successful hernia surgery today, but will require several days’ rest to make a full recovery, aides and doctors said.

Man held by police after 11-year-old boy killed by tractor

The driver of a tractor involved in a collision that killed an 11-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

GP commissioners said their dual role had become unmanageable

NHS hit by resignations of two CCG chairs

Chairs for Lewisham and Hull said commissioning while continuing their clinical role as family doctors had become unmanageable

A consultant analyzes a mammogram

New test allows surgeons to detect spread of breast cancer tumours immediately

The RD-100i OSNA system will spare sufferers the agony of waiting up to three weeks for results

GP surgeries must inform patients about data plan - or face legal action

GP practices could face prosecution under the Data Protection Act if they do not take steps to inform patients that data will be taken from their records and used by the NHS and private companies from this autumn.

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher unable to put date on return for Manchester United

The midfielder was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis

Demonstrators are hit by water cannon during clashes against Turkish police forces

Former head of Turkish army is one of 17 jailed for life over 'Deep State' coup plot

Ringleaders of ‘deep state’ plot are sentenced as epic trial concludes with 300 verdicts

Privately-run hospital taken over by NHS after patient deaths following routine surgery

Commissioning Support Unit confirm services currently provided by Clinicenta will transfer to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Musician Randy Travis has been discharged from hospital following heart failure and a stroke.

Randy Travis discharged from hospital after heart failure and stroke

Country music star Randy Travis is out of the hospital three weeks after he was admitted with congestive heart failure and later suffered a stroke.

Jon Freeman: Why can’t all horses with broken legs be saved?

St Nicholas Abbey’s recovery depends on his temperament and avoiding complications

Neo-Nazi Italian GP has bust of Hitler in library

Italy’s dubious relationship with far-right politics is in the spotlight again with news that an unabashed neo-Nazi doctor has been reported to the country’s health ministry.

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