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  1. Westminster Blog

    December 2, 2013

    Tory MPs cry foul over perceived attempt to prevent repeat of EU uprising

    An eagle-eyed reader brings my attention to a curious little amendment that appears to speak volumes about Number 10’s fear...

  2. October 23, 2013

    Blair health adviser to run NHS England

    An architect of Tony Blair’s health reforms, which introduced private sector competition into the NHS, has been appointed to...

  1. September 6, 2013

    Charities win reprieve on strict new lobbying bill

    Charities have won a reprieve from strict new laws which could have curtailed the amount they could spend in the run-up to a...

  2. September 3, 2013

    Lansley defends lobbying bill seen as ‘sinister gag’

    Andrew Lansley has promised that charities will not be silenced by the government’s lobbying bill as he fought off criticism...

  3. June 20, 2013

    Ministers aim to slash costly NHS medicines bill by 20%

    Health ministers are seeking to slash the NHS medicines bill by imposing a discount of up to a fifth on prescription drug...

  4. May 6, 2013

    UK drug pricing plan could trigger ‘avalanche of problems’

    UK plans to overhaul the way in which medicines are priced from the start of next year are intrinsically flawed and risk...

  5. March 13, 2013

    UK alcohol pricing plans in disarray

    David Cameron’s plans to make retailers charge a minimum price for alcohol are in disarray as senior Conservatives openly...

  6. March 5, 2013

    Hospitals pay more on PFI contracts

    A sharp rise in the sums hospitals are spending to service private finance initiative contracts has been revealed in an...

  7. February 6, 2013

    Agenda switches from structures to standards

    Since the day he replaced Andrew Lansley as health secretary, almost every public pronouncement by Jeremy Hunt has been...

  8. January 31, 2013

    South London Healthcare Trust to be dissolved

    The financially troubled South London Healthcare NHS Trust is to be dissolved and each of its constituent hospitals taken...

  9. January 29, 2013

    Tories dealt boundary reform blow

    David Cameron’s hopes of winning an outright majority in 2015 have been dealt a serious blow after the Liberal Democrats...

  10. January 16, 2013

    MPs warn on medicines pricing

    The government’s failure to provide details of a new system of medicine pricing trailed two years ago and due to be...

  11. January 8, 2013

    Hunt examines plan to break up NHS trust

    A debt-laden group of hospitals faces being broken up, with the taxpayer stumping up around £25m a year to service their PFI...

  12. December 18, 2012

    GPs face patient spending curbs

    Family doctors will be forced to limit spending increases to below-inflation levels next year as the government launches its...

  13. December 14, 2012

    NHS hospital seeks private tenders

    More National Health Service hospitals could be taken over by the private sector after the government gave the go-ahead to...

  14. November 27, 2012

    Ministers outline alcohol charge

    Ministers unveiled proposals on Wednesday for a minimum 45p per unit price for alcohol in an attempt to help banish...

  15. November 25, 2012

    Minimum alcohol price backed by Cameron

    A ban on multi-buy deals on beer and wine and a minimum price for alcohol will be proposed by the government this week....

  16. October 9, 2012

    Trio holds no fear for Cameron

    Three leading Conservatives spoke in rapid succession at the conference on Tuesday. They have one thing in common. They are...

  17. October 2, 2012

    Health secretary shuns food forum

    Jeremy Hunt, the new health secretary, has shunned a meeting of food industry and public sector chiefs designed to tackle...

  18. September 4, 2012

    Industry reaction to cabinet shake-up

    Reaction to David Cameron’s first reshuffle has been swift. FT reporters round-up comments from health professionals, the...

  19. September 4, 2012

    Cameron moves to secure his right flank

    Only two cabinet reshuffles in the past half-century have been very important: Harold Macmillan’s “night of the long knives”...

  20. Westminster Blog

    September 4, 2012

    Tory changes to the cabinet

    David Cameron has now completed the Conservative cabinet appointments of his first major reshuffle. As Nick Clegg works own...

  21. September 4, 2012

    Reshuffle tilts Conservatives to the right

    David Cameron has cleared the way for a U-turn on the expansion of Heathrow airport, in a pro-business ministerial reshuffle...

  22. September 3, 2012

    Cameron seeks to inject fighting spirit

    David Cameron began an overhaul of his ministerial team on Monday night, in a reshuffle that No 10 said would inject...

  23. September 2, 2012

    Cameron returns to war of attrition

    After the invigoration of the London Olympics and the Cornish air at Polzeath, David Cameron is on Monday plunged back into...

  24. August 21, 2012

    Anger over plans to sell NHS services overseas

    Labour has accused the government of “rampant commericialisation” of the NHS after ministers said they would set up a body...

  25. August 15, 2012

    NHS hospital partnership decision delayed

    An eagerly awaited decision on whether an NHS hospital can seek a tie-up with a private sector partner, potentially reviving...

  26. July 18, 2012

    Doctors back down on action over pensions

    Doctors’ leaders have backed away from further industrial action over pension changes and agreed to re-enter talks with the...

  27. July 13, 2012

    Cap on hospitals’ private earnings raised

    Foundation Trust hospitals will be able to earn up to 49 per cent of their income from private sources from October 1, the...

  28. July 11, 2012

    Campaigners left disappointed on social care

    Campaigners for a radical overhaul of social care funding were left disappointed on Wednesday as the health secretary made...

  29. July 11, 2012

    UK healthcare: Poorly prescribed

    Two years ago today Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, published Liberating the NHS, his plan for a large-scale overhaul...

  30. July 11, 2012

    Ministers back cap on social care costs

    Ministers signalled on Wednesday that a scheme to cap the sums people have to pay towards nursing home fees could be watered...

  31. July 8, 2012

    Elderly at centre of funding struggle

    As government departments gear up for an epic battle over the shrinking public sector spending pot, the ageing population is...

  32. July 6, 2012

    Social care talks end in acrimony

    Cross-party talks on how to fund social care for elderly people have broken down in acrimony with Labour and Conservatives...

  33. July 4, 2012

    NHS grapples with tight funding

    The future of the NHS as a universal free service could be in doubt as it grapples with the severest funding challenge in...

  34. June 28, 2012

    Banks key to infrastructure strategy

    Banks will be encouraged to take on the construction risk for billions of pounds of new infrastructure projects such as...

  35. June 27, 2012

    Labour attacked over Peterborough hospital

    The financial woes of another NHS hospital will be blamed on the private finance initiative on Thursday, just days after a...

  36. June 26, 2012

    Move on health trust marks watershed

    For years Britain’s financially failing hospitals have been sustained by regular infusions of taxpayers’ money. But on...

  37. June 26, 2012

    Pressure builds for PFI rethink

    High-level government talks about how to fund public sector projects have stalled as officials struggle to find alternatives...

  38. June 25, 2012

    NHS trust to be placed into administration

    Andrew Lansley is to place a lossmaking NHS trust into administration, the first time a health secretary has used the power...

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