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    1. October 23, 2014

      George Osborne says Tories could increase health spending

      George Osborne said it was conceivable the Conservative party could spend an extra £8bn yearly on the NHS by the end of the...

    2. September 3, 2014

      NHS hospitals struggle to lure private patients

      The sums earned by the National Health Service from treating private patients have barely risen even though most foundation...

    1. FT Data

      July 30, 2014

      Doctor's orders

      In news that will delight statisticians everywhere the distinction between the mean and the median finally has the political...

    2. July 29, 2014

      £5.8bn of NHS work being advertised to private sector

      About £5.8bn of NHS work is being advertised to the private sector in moves that are slowly transforming the nature of...

    3. June 22, 2014

      Senior Labour figures come out in defence of leader Ed Miliband

      Lord Kinnock and senior Labour front bench politicians have come to the defence of Ed Miliband, praising his “political...

    4. March 17, 2014

      NHS redundancy payouts spark row over health service reforms

      A row has broken out over millions of pounds in redundancy payments for NHS staff who were later rehired to other health...

    5. March 11, 2014

      MPs back powers to close fiscally healthy hospital wards

      The health secretary will be able to close departments in financially strong hospitals to safeguard weaker neighbours...

    6. March 9, 2014

      NHS invites bids for Staffordshire outsourcing deals worth £1.2bn

      The NHS is embarking on its biggest and most wide-ranging outsourcing of services so far by inviting companies to bid for...

    7. November 10, 2013

      Private hospitals on standby to provide winter cover for NHS

      Private hospital groups are on standby to provide thousands of beds and operating theatre spaces this winter as nervousness...

    8. 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...

    9. August 18, 2013

      Shadow ministers defend Ed Miliband over ‘quiet summer’ attacks

      Ed Miliband should ignore the sniping coming from his own side and take his time creating the list of policies Labour will...

    10. August 5, 2013

      Zero hours: act with caution

      The clamour for action in the UK to curb zero-hours contracts, under which employees have to work as and when required, is...

    11. July 19, 2013

      Conservatives seek to use NHS as stick to beat Labour

      As Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham traded blows over the NHS this week, a new political reality took shape. A Tory party,...

    12. July 17, 2013

      David Cameron pressed on Lynton Crosby’s tobacco industry links

      David Cameron came under pressure on Wednesday to clarify his election strategist’s links to the tobacco industry as Labour...

    13. July 16, 2013

      Jeremy Hunt tries to pin blame on Labour for NHS failings

      The debate over standards in the NHS intensified on Tuesday when a review into 14 trusts with above-average death rates...

    14. July 5, 2013

      Health service funding gap forecast to hit £30bn by 2020

      The chief executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, is expected next week to warn of a funding gap of £30bn by 2020 as he...

    15. Westminster Blog

      April 24, 2013

      PMQs: Miliband is relying on an NHS crisis

      Over lunch recently, a Labour strategist spelled out the terms of the next election in the starkest terms. “They want to...

    16. March 20, 2013

      Budget 2013: Employers to get tax relief on cost of staff care

      A targeted tax relief for employers will be introduced to help offset the costs of treatment for workers who have been on...

    17. March 5, 2013

      Ministers accused of NHS U-turn

      Ministers were accused of a U-turn on Tuesday as they announced that part of the health reform legislation will be rewritten...

    18. February 5, 2013

      Cameron to attack hospital lapses

      David Cameron, the prime minister, will criticise “unacceptable” lapses of care at a Staffordshire hospital on Wednesday as...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. October 9, 2012

      Mitie predicts rise in health outsourcing

      Mitie, which is bidding to run prisons in the UK, said it is also expecting a rapid escalation in healthcare outsourcing as...

    22. October 1, 2012

      Block on patient ‘cherry picking’ dropped

      Ministers have dropped plans to prevent private hospitals profiteering through “cherry picking” NHS patients by paying...

    23. September 16, 2012

      Hillsborough panel seen as template

      How did a bishop and his panel of academics, journalists and lawyers discover what two judges, a coroner, a police force and...

    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. Westminster Blog

      August 21, 2012

      What's the point of Healthcare UK?

      Danny Boyle's opening ceremony tribute to the NHS The Times and the Independent both broke an interesting story this morning...

    26. July 16, 2012

      Labour attacks coalition over NHS reforms

      NHS foundation trusts are failing to make the savings expected of them because they have been “distracted and destabilised”...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. June 20, 2012

      Lansley urges doctors to shun strike

      Andrew Lansley, health secretary, has urged doctors to shun Thursday’s “pointless” strike , the medical profession’s first...

    30. June 4, 2012

      Two Eds grow together as Balls’ star rises

      When Ed Miliband became the Labour party leader almost two years ago, he was determined to block one man from becoming...

    31. May 3, 2012

      Emergency bailouts cost health department £415m

      The Department of Health has been forced to pay out £415m in emergency bailouts for NHS hospitals in the past year, figures...

    32. Westminster Blog

      April 30, 2012

      The never-ending NHS act

      A month ago, ministers gathered round the cabinet table to be told by Andrew Lansley that the health bill was about to...

    33. April 29, 2012

      NHS reform vote set to open old wounds

      Coalition MPs are braced for a fresh dispute over the contentious health reforms when they are asked to vote on a series of...

    34. April 5, 2012

      Lansley under fire over abortion checks

      Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, has come under fire for ordering the healthcare regulator to investigate abortion...

    35. March 20, 2012

      Health bill becomes law after 14 months

      The controversial health bill will finally pass into law after MPs rejected a last-ditch effort by Labour to hold up the...

    36. March 18, 2012

      Labour says taxpayer will subsidise private patients

      Private healthcare patients stand to benefit from taxpayer subsidies of private care under the government’s contentious...

    37. March 9, 2012

      Publication of NHS reform risks ordered

      A “risk register”, outlining the potential pitfalls of the NHS reform programme, must be published, a tribunal ruled on...

    38. February 28, 2012

      Coalition counts cost of health bill

      The controversial health bill is within touching distance of being passed after a tortuous passage through parliament, but...

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