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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt denies Red Cross claim of NHS humanitarian crisis

Jeremy Hunt has rejected the British Red Cross’s description of a humanitarian crisis in emergency NHS care, arguing that most hospitals are coping bette...

“Humanitarian crisis” is unfolding in NHS hospitals, warns Red Cross

There is a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England, the British Red Cross has said. The charity said volunteers and staff had been helping pat...

Scottish doctor handed life sentence for rape and abuse of women over many years

A locum doctor who raped and abused two women over a 20-year period has been jailed for life. Michael Lever drugged one of his victims who woke up the n...

Hospitals told to put operations on hold to free up beds over Xmas

Hospitals in England have been advised to halt elective surgery over Christmas to ensure enough beds are free for patients who need emergency treatment at ...

Junior doctor inquest: Rose Polge had doubts over continuing as a medic

A junior doctor who killed herself at the time of a strike by colleagues had doubts over continuing in the profession, an inquest has heard. Rose Polge,...

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding shortfall

Local authorities could be allowed to make a further increase in council tax to pay for social care. Ministers in England are discussing ways to invest ...

Pfizer fined record £84.2m for overcharging NHS for anti-epilepsy drug

Drugs giant Pfizer has been fined a record £84.2m by the UK's competition watchdog for overcharging the NHS for an anti-epilepsy drug. The Competition ...

NHS whistleblowers ‘gagged and blacklisted’, says petition group

NHS whistleblowers face being “fired, gagged and blacklisted” while disclosures go uninvestigated owing to the healthcare regulator’s lack of powers ...

Run the NHS and social care like John Lewis, says Frank Field

The NHS and social care would be run by a John Lewis-style mutual organisation and funded by higher national insurance contributions, under a radical shake...

Seven-day GP opening had ‘no impact’ on emergency admissions or out of hours

Extending access to routine general practice across seven days had ‘no demonstrable impact’ on either emergency admissions or out-of-hours services, NH...

Doctor wins appeal over shaken baby syndrome trials evidence

A doctor barred from practising over evidence she gave in criminal trials involving so-called shaken baby syndrome has had her licence reinstated. Dr Wa...