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

Manchester to control £5bn health budget

Osborne’s ambition for English devolution progresses


Time for a serious debate about co-payment and the NHS
Reforms must reward compassion, and punish its absence

NHS appointments system is also at fault

From Mr Gary Backler. Sir, Jeremy Paxman needs to be more critical in assessing his doctor’s definition of ‘DNA’

Rose report on NHS ‘put on back burner’

Ex-M&S chief’s report still unpublished two months after delivery

Universal coverage: reaching the poorest

Lack of insurance spells death or ruin

Let the NHS lean more on private sector

Depicting business involvement in healthcare as evil makes no sense

Privately run hospital seeks £10m bailout

Circle Healthcare set to abandon Hinchingbrooke hospital contract

Medical negligence costs ‘threat’ to NHS

Government adviser asks if patients should lose right to sue

Genetic tests aid breast cancer battle

Causes for optimism but guidance on mammogram frequency varies

NHS hires Capita to buy in services

Private sector groups advise hospitals and GPs

FILE - NOVEMBER 13, 2012: Nurses warn about the loss of 60.000 posts since the coalition came to power, but the Department of Health insists on a strong NHS performance. BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nurses in the accident and emergency dept of Selly Oak Hospital work during a busy shift on March 16, 2010 in Birmingham, England. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, industry, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Coalition ‘wasted years’ on NHS changes

Think-tank says £1.5bn restructuring cash could have aided care

NHS 111 puts strains on doctors, says BMA

Phone advice service accused of referring patients with colds

MPs sounds alarm over NHS finances

Percentage of NHS trusts in deficit jumps to 26 per cent

Big data medical research at ‘risk’

More must be done to win support for information sharing

PM’s plan to cut NHS waiting lists stalls

Little uptake of shifting operations to private sector

Cameron has ‘mummy problem’, poll finds

Survey shows Tories trailing Labour by 20 points among mothers

NHS satisfaction up despite A&E troubles

King’s Fund detects ‘vote of support’ for health service

Miliband criticised over NHS focus

Senior Labour figures question leader’s election strategy

Cable calls for statement on NHS and TTIP

Minister says trade talks will not lead to privatisation

Labour seeks private health company levy

Opposition leader suggests money would pay for training NHS staff

Coalition attacked on regional disparity

Study highlights failure to help long-term unemployed into work

Plan to boost number of GPs

Part-time working offered to persuade family doctors not to retire

Fears over ‘critical’ condition of NHS

Waiting lists lengthening amid sharp rise in cancelled operations

UK insurers shun policies for social care

Cool industry response is blow to flagship coalition scheme

NHS has created many of its own difficulties

From Dr K D Jethwa. Sir, The increase of inappropriate referrals to A&E from the non-medically staffed 111 ‘helpline’ is one example of falling clinical standards within the NHS

Labour sugar clamp gets frosty reception

Industry brands anti-obesity plan paternalistic and unworkable

Healthcare: Counting the cost of cancer

The cost of new drugs is pushing health budgets to the limit

Labour pledges clamp on unhealthy food

Party vows to tackle ‘worst offenders’ in marketing to youngsters

Doctor links A&E chaos to NHS advice line

Of 446,000 rise in cases, almost all were sent by 111 service

NHS to stop funding 16 cancer treatments

Drug groups and cancer charities warn that patients will suffer

Cameron focuses on living within means

UK prime minister commits to £30bn savings or tax rises by 2017-18

Drug groups seek NHS evaluations overhaul

Health service poised to stop paying for costly cancer therapies

Privately run NHS hospital deal collapses

Circle ends contract after inspectors rate services ‘inadequate’

NHS needs more sweeping reform

Health and social care must be brought together within one ringfenced budget

Circle and the NHS: operation game

Circle walks away from hospital contract

Private sector contracts in the NHS

Virgin Care, Serco and BupaCSH all won deals to provide services

Temporary medical staff see demand surge

Figures indicate strain on NHS and social care sectors

UK’s NHS stumbles towards a winter crisis

Crammed emergency wards show the urgent need for more funding

Tories on defensive over health problems

Cameron says health service has more doctors and nurses than ever before

Drugmakers threaten NHS with legal action

Health service expected to stop paying for some expensive treatments

London Labour MPs attack Scots proposal

Murphy suggests mansion tax could pay for nurses