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  1. August 14, 2014

    Underperforming doctors’ practices in England face closure

    GP practices that provide inadequate care will be given a deadline to improve or face closure as the government clamps down...

  2. August 4, 2014

    Pledge of £250m extra funds to tackle NHS waiting lists

    Action to clear hospital waiting lists was announced on Monday by the UK health secretary, in the latest sign of the...

  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 24, 2014

    More NHS trusts show signs of financial stress

    The number of NHS trusts referred to Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, over financial irregularities has increased by...

  3. July 22, 2014

    Unions to ballot 400,000 NHS staff for strike action over pay

    More than 400,000 National Health Service workers in England are to be balloted over strikes in a dispute about pay, opening...

  4. July 18, 2014

    Doctors to consider statins for up to 12m Britons

    Up to 12m Britons – or one in four adults – could be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to ward off possible heart...

  5. July 14, 2014

    National Health Service to charge patients from outside Europe

    Visitors to the UK from outside Europe who seek treatment on the National Health Service will have to pay 150 per cent of...

  6. June 26, 2014

    Jeremy Hunt apologises following lurid Jimmy Savile revelations

    Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, has apologised on behalf of the government to victims abused by Jimmy Savile in NHS-run...

  7. June 17, 2014

    Hospitals to be paid for reporting treatment of EU patients

    Hospitals are to be paid for reporting that they have treated a European visitor, in the latest attempt by the UK government...

  8. June 17, 2014

    Jeremy Hunt defends decision to set up UK Local TV channels

    Jeremy Hunt has hit back at critics of local television stations, the flagship policy of his period as culture secretary,...

  9. June 11, 2014

    Report reveals tight political grip on running of NHS

    Ministers are intervening more than ever in the running of the NHS, despite reforms intended to take politics out of the...

  10. June 1, 2014

    Saatchi to introduce bill on cancer experiments in Lords

    Doctors would have more freedom to use experimental treatments on patients suffering from cancer and other diseases under...

  11. May 22, 2014

    Study finds most A&E patients do need emergency care

    Most patients attending NHS accident and emergency departments require comprehensive treatment that could not be provided by...

  12. April 27, 2014

    Ukip candidate lambasted over ‘disgusting’ Lenny Henry remarks

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has condemned as racist and “disgusting” comments from a Ukip council election candidate,...

  13. April 20, 2014

    Maude vows to turn UK into ‘most digital government’

    Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, has vowed to turn Britain into the G8’s “most digital government” by moving a host...

  14. April 18, 2014

    Health secretary seeks price cut for meningitis vaccine

    The UK health secretary has stepped up pressure on one of the world’s biggest drug companies to offer a life-saving...

  15. March 14, 2014

    Fast-track plan for serious illness medicines

    Drug companies have welcomed a move to accelerate the introduction of medicines for seriously ill patients as part of...

  16. 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...

  17. February 14, 2014

    Former M&S chief Rose to seek remedy for ailing NHS hospitals

    The National Health Service is asking one of Britain’s most prominent former retail bosses to help it turn round 14...

  18. January 24, 2014

    Inflexion goes cold on Jeremy Hunt’s Hotcourses

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has suffered a setback in his attempt to sell his education listings business after...

  19. January 8, 2014

    Fears UK government under influence of drinks industry

    Britain’s drinks industry had “an extraordinary level of access” to the government as it successfully repelled an attempt to...

  20. December 15, 2013

    Health secretary seeks powers to close hospitals more easily

    Hospitals and accident and emergency departments will be able to be closed more easily under a controversial amendment to...

  21. December 15, 2013

    NHS to deliver seven-day full service by 2017, says Keogh

    The NHS will operate at full stretch seven days a week by 2017 under plans put forward on Sunday by Sir Bruce Keogh, the...

  22. December 12, 2013

    GP surgery inspections uncover serious failings

    One-third of general practice surgeries recently inspected across England are failing to meet basic standards, the first...

  23. December 3, 2013

    Cameron trumpets healthcare deals with China

    David Cameron on Monday trumpeted a series of UK/Chinese healthcare deals – the fruits of a concerted government drive to...

  24. November 14, 2013

    MPs challenged in ‘back-door funding’ row

    Nick Clegg is among more than 200 MPs facing questions over office rental arrangements that critics say amount to a...

  25. November 13, 2013

    Two-tier A&E departments urged for NHS

    A government-commissioned report on emergency care published on Wednesday called for a two-tier system of accident and...

  26. 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...

  27. November 8, 2013

    Health secretary set to make £17m from sale of online business

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is poised to reap about £17m from the sale of his stake in an education business to a...

  28. November 3, 2013

    The healing hands of business education

    Britain’s National Health Service is under pressure. A series of scandals has scarred its reputation for high-quality care...

  29. 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...

  30. October 5, 2013

    Ministers to halt 1% NHS staff pay rise

    The government has provoked a clash with health unions after moving to halt a 1 per cent pay rise for all NHS staff in...

  31. October 1, 2013

    Care Quality Commission to be given greater independence

    The health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is to be given greater independence from ministerial control, Jeremy Hunt...

  32. October 1, 2013

    GP surgeries to start trial of seven-day and evening opening

    People will be able to see their family doctor seven days a week and until 8pm in the evening, under a pilot scheme being...

  33. September 4, 2013

    NHS technology investment aims to improve patient care

    A £1bn investment in IT has been announced by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, in a move intended to help reduce backlogs...

  34. August 6, 2013

    Fracking licences granted in 13 cabinet members’ seats, study finds

    More than half of Britain’s cabinet ministers could see shale gas exploited in their constituencies, according to research...

  35. 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,...

  36. July 19, 2013

    Public finances are heading for another big squeeze

    In ancient Greece, statesmen keen to know their fate would travel to Delphi and listen to a priestess whose predictions were...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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