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

Who Cares, Royal Court Theatre, London — review

Eileen O’Brien in ‘Who Cares’
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An urgent piece of political theatre about the UK’s NHS


Time for a serious debate about co-payment and the NHS
Reforms must reward compassion, and punish its absence
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Parties promise all bar more freedom

Perusal of the main parties’ manifestos shows no one is offering more liberty

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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NHS cash crunch to hit after election

FT analysis reveals scale of looming financial black hole

Sir David Nicholson
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Former NHS chief adds to finance warnings

Politicians failing to address urgency of health funding ‘hole’

Clegg says Lib Dems open to new coalition

Party leader unveils manifesto allowing post-election deal

Cameron pledges ‘good life’ for Britain

PM sketches out optimistic vision at manifesto launch

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‘Protected’ defence leaves councils at risk

Lord Kerslake sees pressure on local government

UK’s Labour promises fiscal responsibility

Manifesto launch focuses on keeping a lid on borrowing

Miliband stresses frugality in manifesto

Labour to fund all pledges without borrowing more

Cardiac Monitor

Rich foreigners aid private hospitals

Middle Eastern patients boost London’s healthcare market

The mounting challenges facing UK’s NHS

Fulminating against bureaucrats and the private sector does not help

Tories and Labour trade blows over health

Miliband calls the midwife as Cameron pledges £8bn extra for the NHS by 2020

Cameron takes positive tack on NHS

Labour ahead in three polls despite aggressive Tory campaigning

Rise in patients awaiting NHS treatment

Figures will add fuel to election debate over health service

Voters back tax rise to fund NHS

Income tax increase supported by 53% if earmarked for health

NHS faces financial ‘black hole’

Analysis shows fall in productivity after reforms pushed up costs

Trust attacks traditional NHS culture

Salford Royal illustrates heights the service can still attain

Crash of 2008 adds to healthcare woes

Europe’s care systems find different ways to copy with aftermath

World’s wealth will add to health burden

Coping with long-term conditions — not infections — will become a global problem as riches increase

UK reprieve for three cancer drugs

NHS England reconsiders its decision after appeal from manufacturers

Investors back proton-beam cancer centres

Biotech entrepreneur leads push to open clinics a year before NHS

No clear winner from UK election debate

Party leaders debated economy, immigration and NHS

Outsourcer Mitie warns on profits

Groups find home care budgets tighter than expected

First elected Ukip MP seeks second win

Clacton’s Carswell hears mix of local and national concerns

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

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