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

NHS medicines to be labelled with price

Health secretary proposes slogan: ‘Funded by the UK taxpayer’


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

Tory council chief: end NHS ringfence

Policy on health service ‘bizarre’, says LGA head

Illustration shows the healing power of garden
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The healing power of gardens

The health benefits of green space are profound

GPs urged to carry out more cancer tests

Move is part of drive to increase survival rates

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Capita wins £1bn NHS contract

Private sector expecting more healthcare opportunities

Mediclinic buys Spire Healthcare stake

Deal underlines the attractions of the UK’s healthcare sector

Private groups push for bigger NHS role

Companies frustrated by slow pace of growth under Tory government

NHS savings of £5bn identified in study

Tighter control of procurement and staff management prescribed

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Manchester gears up for 7-day NHS

Critics warn change is too fast and without required resources

Foreign GPs needed to hit 5,000 target

Shortage threatens goal of surgeries open seven days a week

Welsh Labour warms to tax devolution plans

Proposals would see region raising 20% of what it spends

NHS urged to address cost differences

Hospitals watchdog to judge each institution on use of resources

UK falls short of 24,000 nursing staff

Fewer overseas nurses and graduates add to recruitment woes

Private sector backs off NHS cancer deal

Only one bidder left for £687m Staffordshire care contract

SEC secures $190m from CSC over fraud

NHS contract manipulation charge sees former chief return $3.7m

NHS food pained Prince Charles

Second ‘black spider’ letters tranche reveals wide range of concerns

Warning over impact of cuts on disabled

English councils fear struggle to meet legal duty under Care Act

The unhealthily high price of cancer drugs

Companies take advantage of inflexible patient demand to try to recoup research costs

The dilemmas thrown up by the war on cancer

The NHS cannot ignore value for money in the pursuit of innovation

AstraZeneca warns UK on cancer care

NHS drugs body rejected group’s ovarian cancer treatment as too expensive

Financial pressure is a mind-altering drug

Is Soriot demanding special treatment?

Pressure on NHS for savings stepped up

Hospitals will be expected to buy goods and services centrally to cut procurement costs

NHS head warns on high-sugar foods

Simon Stevens says manufacturers risk ‘poisoning’ the public

Food industry counters moves to cut sugar

Public Health England is soon to announce plans to tackle obesity

Head of NHS England warns on funding

Health service improvements will have to be phased in

NHS centre of Cameron ‘one-nation’ speech

Pledge to improve patients’ access and invest extra £8bn a year

Softly-softly approach to industrial disruption

Conservative government should avoid doing more harm than good

EE’s fast 4G data traffic overtakes 3G

Video, health monitoring and availability of rapid mobile internet has changed way people use phones

Testing in-tray for next government

Scotland, Europe and deficit top the policy list

Health spending and the UK election

Government contenders agree to compete on the margins of the problem

Burnham to reset expectations of NHS

Shadow health secretary says Britons must be more realistic about what service can provide

SNP in power: How radical are they?

Sturgeon’s rhetoric on NHS and education not matched by reality

What a radical Conservative government could do

‘Scrap all mainstream benefit payments — jobseeker’s allowance, child benefit, housing benefit and even the state pension’

Voters unclear on parties’ NHS promises

More people wrongly attribute health service and minimum wage pledges to Labour

Staffing problems weaken NHS reform plans

Report highlights reliance on agencies and fall in number of GPs

Parties trade public sector pay pledges

Burnham focuses on NHS as Clegg vows action across sector

Who Cares, Royal Court Theatre, London — review

An urgent piece of political theatre about the UK’s NHS

Parties promise all bar more freedom

Perusal of the manifestos shows no one is offering more liberty

NHS cash crunch to hit after election

FT analysis reveals that hospitals have plunged far deeper into the red than officially acknowledged

Former NHS chief adds to finance warnings

Politicians failing to address urgency of health funding ‘hole’