The cash-strapped NHS is facing concerns that it can ill-afford the structural upheaval generated by enactment of the coalition government’s controversial health and social care bill

DNA project given £300m investment boost

UK aims to be world leader in medical genetic research


Time for a serious debate about co-payment and the NHS
Reforms must reward compassion, and punish its absence
A molecule of sofosbuvir and the brand-named pill, Sovaldi, which is produced by Gilead
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Drug pricing: Bitter pill

A hepatitis treatment’s soaring price is prompting the debate that most alarms the industry

Hammond holds emergency meeting on Ebola

Government ‘absolutely focused’ on implications for Britain

£5.8bn of NHS work could go private

Slow rate of contract awards disappoints healthcare market

More NHS trusts suffer financial ailments

Number reported for irregularities soars in past year

Public access to files points the way to securing trust

Concern over privacy is a hurdle that can be overcome

Unions to ballot NHS staff over strike

In reply to government rejection of 1% pay rise, 400,000 balloted

Technology: Wear your medicine

New wearable digital devices could signal a radical shift in medical practice

Doctors to put up to 12m people on statins

Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs set to rise under Nice guidance

Downing Street deserves more credit

Number 10 can claim to have steered the ship through difficult waters, writes Anthony Seldon

NHS finance chiefs expect overspend

NHS review backs staff-led ‘mutuals’

Worker-run organisations would deliver better, safer care

NHS to bill patients from outside Europe

Policy intended to recoup £500m in costs from treating visitors

EU vows to protect NHS in US trade talks

Healthcare systems to be excluded from transatlantic deal

NHS waiting lists highest for six years

Further 75,000 joined the queue for treatment in May

Mental illness can no longer be ignored

Given the economic costs to society, treatment would pay for itself

NHS ‘facing pre-election funding crisis’

Knee operation could save 170 lives yearly

Cheaper surgery would also cut £70m from NHS budget, says expert

The Kindness of Strangers, Southwark Playhouse, London

A moving show that immerses its audience in the work of a paramedic

Urgent action called for on antibiotics

MPs want to see early financial incentives for research

The grand illusion of national insurance

We do not have the social safety net the take it for

NHS faces annual £4bn ‘black hole’

NHS turns to voluntary and private sector

Third of community services spending goes to outside bodies

Roche rebuts criticism of Tamiflu policy

Swiss group defends governments buying stocks as pandemic defence

Society must help state with elderly care

Minister says ‘neglectful’ Britons let old slip through safety net

Hunt apologises after Savile revelations

Reports detail nature and scale of BBC DJ’s sexual abuse

The ‘best’ care might not keep us alive

Lifestyle matters more than spending on health above a base level

Spire seeks £1bn IPO after sale talks end

NHS urged to cut costs like Tesco

Private providers predicted to replace three quarters of NHS care

Hospital reward plan for reporting patients

£500m in costs could be recovered from some countries

Watchdog scrutinises hepatitis C drug

Sovaldi to cost £35,000 for 12-week course in UK

Wider rollout of statins hangs in balance

Lobbying intensifies amid inquiry into increasing prescriptions

NHS to receive £600m winter funding boost

Coalition seeks forestall perilous pre-election crisis

Report reveals tight political grip on NHS

Hunt seen to make frequent interventions in operational issues

Jobs outlook best in almost seven years

But economists expect wages growth to have slowed

Contaminated feed linked to baby’s death

NHS says 15 infants in six hospitals suffer bacterial infection

NHS chief in personalised medicine push

Simon Stevens announces genome sequencing competition

A coalition coming apart at the seams

Divisions over pensions policy highlight incoherence at top

NHS ringfence critics boosted by data

NHS surgery cost gaps fuel funding debate

Fivefold difference in operations’ expense at different hospitals