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

First elected Ukip MP seeks second win

Clacton’s Carswell hears mix of local and national concerns


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

Cameron says Tories can win majority

Prime minister warns hung parliament would mean ‘economic chaos’

Medics welcome GSK meningitis B drug deal

UK will be first country with nationwide programme

Cameron promises ‘truly seven-day’ NHS

Prime minister tells supporters election is on a knife edge

Miliband launches campaign with NHS vow

Leader buoyed by confident showing in televised election event

Drugs groups unite to mine genetic data

Groups to join 100,000 Genomes Project

UK facing up to austerity, study suggests

Survey finds little appetite for tax rise to fund services

The value of a life is not about cost

Perhaps governments should finance the payment of a national licence fee for drugs

Tories deny ‘rollercoaster’ spending claims

Labour attacks ‘extreme’ plans for next parliament

Miliband says Budget ‘can’t be believed’

Labour leader says Osborne trying to fool over living standards

Care home owners warn on spending cuts

Providers say more units will close unless spending gap is filled

Watchdog fears ‘radical surgery’ of cuts

Audit chief concerned at effect of unwieldy financial scalpel on services

Work decoded for millennial newbies

Opaque rules explained by an older member of generational cohort

NHS announces health and care pilots

30 areas to try new ways of working to bridge service gaps

Miliband refuses to rule out SNP deal

Sturgeon eases demands for Trident axe before Labour pact

UK drug manufacture drops by a quarter

Blow to coalition ambition to promote high-growth industry

Manchester to control £5bn health budget

Osborne’s ambition for English devolution progresses

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Ex-M&S chief’s report still unpublished two months after delivery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 to hand over management of Hinchingbrooke hospital in six weeks

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

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