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The Conservative chair of the health select committee has defended the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, in his dispute with Theresa May over health service funding. Dr Sarah Wollaston said she agreed with Stevens’ contradiction of May’s claim
A combative Jeremy Corbyn has said he welcomes the tough byelections triggered by the resignations of two Labour MPs as an opportunity to challenge the government. Tristram Hunt, a fierce critic of Corbyn’s leadership, announced on Friday that he was ste
The nights may be getting shorter, but it’s still the perfect time of year for a spot of star gazing. The neurobiology of low light vision suggests this isn’t a pastime to be rushed – be patient. Stepping outside for a couple of minutes isn’t enough. The
Jim Callaghan may not have actually said “Crisis? What crisis?” in 1979, but the then prime minister’s words have gone down in history as the clearest example of a politician not in touch with the severity of the issues facing the country. Last week has
Patients with cancer are having their operations cancelled by hospitals with increasing regularity as the NHS winter crisis deepens, the Observer can reveal. In an alarming escalation, the previously unthinkable step of calling off cancer surgery has bec
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to take failing care homes into public ownership under a Labour government in a major speech slamming the Tories for “spectacularly” failing to spread Britain’s wealth evenly. The Labour leader attacked what he described as a rigg
Family doctors and medical leaders have rejected a demand by Theresa May to move to a seven-day week, with one prominent GP warning that it could lead to a mass resignation. Dr Kailash Chand, a former deputy chair of the British Medical Association, said
Dozens of hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert – a status that means its emergency care facilities and beds are under extreme pressure – this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety. It foll
Every new year at the council brings with it a fresh cycle of angst and fear, because the battle to keep jobs begins all over again. But this year, I no longer care about losing my job – in fact, the prospect of facing redundancy fills me with relief. Re
When their father, Geoff, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 50, brothers Ian and Anthony Whitington were not hugely surprised, and for 10 years, they drifted along and watched from the sidelines. “Dad had always been the ‘big man’,” says A
Theresa May is urging GP surgeries to make more effort to provide a seven-day service as she seeks to deflect blame for the deepening crisis in the NHS. With pressure mounting on the prime minister, amid growing evidence that hospitals are struggling to
The question arising from Owen Jones’s article (How the Tories are victimising young people, 12 January) has to be: is socialism choking itself to death on its own inherent contradictions? Has the past 50 years been a good period in history, or has it no
I love Claire Ptak’s recipes, but the photograph showing her removing the stone from an avocado – holding the fruit in the palm of her left hand while tapping the stone with the knife held in her right – for her chocolate avocado mousse, made me blanch (
An increasing number of patients are having to endure long waits for operations, according to a study that provides the latest evidence of the NHS’s failure to meet waiting time targets because hospitals are so busy. Analysis by the Royal College of Surg
There’s no better time to try and quit booze than in January. Following weeks of festive over-indulgence, at least some of the people around you are also likely to be thinking about cutting down. Requesting a lime and soda rather than your usual gin and
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