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  1. March 20, 2012

    Health bill becomes law after 14 months

    The controversial health bill will finally pass into law after MPs rejected a last-ditch effort by Labour to hold up the...

  2. March 18, 2012

    Labour says taxpayer will subsidise private patients

    Private healthcare patients stand to benefit from taxpayer subsidies of private care under the government’s contentious...

  1. March 8, 2012

    Minimum alcohol pricing poses problems

    Cheap alcohol is giving David Cameron a headache. By forging ahead on alcohol price controls the UK prime minister is on a...

  2. March 4, 2012

    Cameron stands firm on alcohol price move

    David Cameron’s coalition is to press ahead with plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in England and Wales to...

  3. February 20, 2012

    PM hits at NHS reform ‘myths’

    David Cameron declared there were “quite a few myths that needed to be bust” about NHS reform following a Downing Street...

  4. February 15, 2012

    Private sector role explored for insuring NHS

    Ministers are eyeing a bigger role for the private sector in insuring the National Health Service against legal claims amid...

  5. February 14, 2012

    No economic justification for Lansley’s reforms

    From Prof Maureen Mackintosh and others. Sir, Sarah Neville notes (“Timing, implementation and lack of clarity taint NHS...

  6. January 6, 2012

    Lansley bows to health fears on implants

    The National Health Service could be forced to pay millions of pounds in medical consultations and surgery to remove...

  7. November 24, 2011

    NHS under attack over ‘incoherent’ pricing

    Fears have been raised that hospitals will be allowed to compete for NHS patients on the basis of price after the health...

  8. November 13, 2011

    Health secretary hits back in NHS ‘rationing’ row

    Labour and the Conservatives are locked in a bitter row over the National Health Service, as Andrew Lansley promises to...

  9. October 6, 2011

    Miliband in front-bench reshuffle

    Ed Miliband will today make sweeping changes to his front-bench team, promoting several newly-elected MPs but losing some of...

  10. October 4, 2011

    Patients to get budgets for continuing care

    Personal budgets will be offered to all 50,000 patients who receive NHS continuing care by 2014, Andrew Lansley, the health...

  11. September 26, 2011

    Study says NHS reform cost may exceed savings

    The cost of the government’s NHS reforms could outweigh the savings from abolishing swathes of administrators, according to...

  12. September 22, 2011

    Health department to take on PFI debt

    The Department of Health is to take some of the debt of hospitals with big private finance initiative payments on to its own...

  13. August 17, 2011

    Panel advises closing Chase Farm A&E

    A government advisory panel has recommended Chase Farm hospital in Enfield close its accident and emergency department, in a...

  14. August 10, 2011

    GPs warn on commissioning deadline

    About 40 per cent of family doctors say their commissioning group will not be ready to take on budgetary responsibility for...

  15. July 11, 2011

    Further controls planned amid Southern Cross collapse

    Care home operators face much tougher regulatory controls in the wake of Southern Cross’s collapse as the government...

  16. June 23, 2011

    Hilton’s touch of turmoil at No 10

    You know something must be wrong in David Cameron’s Downing Street when Tory rightwingers rush to defend Steve Hilton, the...

  17. June 15, 2011

    Milburn brands NHS reforms as ‘car crash’

    The coalition’s NHS reforms have been branded “the biggest car crash” in the history of the service by Alan Milburn, the...

  18. June 14, 2011

    UK’s health halt

    Andrew Lansley, the hapless UK health secretary, has been forced by his bosses to gloss over his shattered ambitions for...

  19. May 29, 2011

    No 10 denies talk of Lansley sacrifice

    Downing Street swung firmly behind Andrew Lansley on Sunday, dismissing “as nonsense” reports that the health secretary...

  20. April 12, 2011

    Nurses vote against Lansley’s NHS reforms

    Nurses voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion of no confidence in Andrew Lansley’s management of NHS reforms on...

  21. April 12, 2011

    ‘Unviable’ pioneer NHS hospital up for sale

    The hospital chosen by Aneurin Bevan as the launchpad for the health service more than 60 years ago has admitted it is...

  22. April 3, 2011

    Lansley to address MPs on NHS reforms

    Andrew Lansley, health secretary, is to make a statement to MPs on Monday about the NHS reforms amid speculation they could...

  23. March 31, 2011

    Lord Owen attacks NHS reform bill

    David Cameron should sack Andrew Lansley, his health secretary, and other health ministers over the government’s “fatally...

  24. March 29, 2011

    NHS reforms are healthy, but more work is vital

    The broad thrust of Andrew Lansley’s sweeping reforms to the NHS has been endorsed by Lord Warner, who served as a health...

  25. March 13, 2011

    Lansley seeks to defuse anger over NHS reforms

    Andrew Lansley, health secretary, has opened the door to further concessions on the NHS bill “in order to reassure people”,...

  26. March 4, 2011

    U-turn on NHS pricing welcomed

    Labour on Thursday welcomed the “climbdown” by Andrew Lansley, health secretary, over introducing price competition into the...

  27. February 28, 2011

    BMA attacks planned curbs on GP power

    Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, and the new NHS commissioning board will be left with far too many powers under the...

  28. February 22, 2011

    Doubt on speed of switch to GP power

    The full-scale switch to family doctors buying £80bn of NHS care is likely to take appreciably longer than the government...

  29. February 6, 2011

    Hospital waiting times rise

    NHS waiting times appear to be edging up after Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, ordered the Department of Health to...

  30. January 31, 2011

    Lansley restates case for NHS reforms

    The government’s “large and complex” health bill will create an NHS “fit for the 21st century” Andrew Lansley, the health...

  31. January 14, 2011

    NHS to restrict treatment in Europe

    NHS patients will not be able to take themselves off for treatment in mainland Europe without an NHS doctor’s approval,...

  32. December 15, 2010

    NHS reforms to extend patient choice

    Patients and most front-line staff will see little immediate difference as the health service reforms come in – other than...

  33. December 15, 2010

    NHS chief keeps key role to calm fears

    Sir David Nicholson, the NHS chief executive, is to retain a pivotal role in running the health service, a sign that the...

  34. December 9, 2010

    Warning on NHS budget pressures

    The NHS budget will be under “incredible pressure” in the coming years, Simon Burns, the health minister, has conceded as...

  35. December 7, 2010

    Lansley to press on with NHS reform

    The government is to press ahead with its radical reform to give GPs control of up to £80bn of the NHS budget, in spite of...

  36. November 30, 2010

    Letwin to scrutinise NHS power shift

    Oliver Letwin, the cabinet’s policy guru and fixer, has been charged with scrutinising the Department of Health’s plans for...

  37. September 30, 2010

    UK plans overhaul of drug prices

    The government is to push ahead with a revised system of drug prices more closely aligned with the value they provide to...

  38. September 9, 2010

    Reform of NHS records plan saves £700m

    The £12.7bn scheme to give every patient in England an electronic medical record will cease to be a centralised national...

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