Survey of patients shows big NHS performance gaps
A big variation in the performance of NHS trusts across England is revealed today in the health inspectorate’s annual survey of patients’ experiences.
Man arrested over murder of teenager
Police investigating the murder of 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen in a bakery last weekend arrested a 19-year-old man yesterday.
Pressure grows for guardians to protect trafficked children
Leading politicians from the three main parties are putting pressure on the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, to halt the disappearance from care of hundreds of suspected victims of child trafficking.
Bar lesbians from IVF treatment in absence of father figure, say Tories
Lesbian couples should be blocked from having IVF treatment unless they agree that a father figure would be involved in the upbringing of their child, the Tories said yesterday.
‘People do stupid things – that’s what spreads HIV’
When Elizabeth Pisani began her career as an HIV epidemiologist, fewer than 1.5m cases of Aids had been reported across the world.
The tourist trap
A report out today rejects the claim that the NHS is being exploited by people coming to the UK just to get free health treatment.
Care needn’t cost all the family silver
Six in 10 people in their 60s expect to leave an estate worth more than £150,000 when they die.
‘There is not a God-given right to dispense alcohol’
Scotland is boldly taking on the drinks industry and retailers to tackle its health and social problems. Will the rest of Britain follow?
Those who inspect are also listening
The Prison Service does listen to prisoners, says David Hanson
Stop-and-search blitz after knife deaths
A huge police operation against knife crime was launched last night in London in response to the growing number of teenagers killed on the capital’s streets in recent months.
Disabled woman allowed to challenge post office closures
A severely disabled woman was given permission to bring a test challenge over the closure of local post offices.
Sister of murdered care assistant: ‘I heard the last breath of Magda’
The sister of a care assistant who was shot in south London, has described hearing her sister’s final gasps for breath during a mobile phone call.