Confidential documents have revealed the formidable lobbying operation waged by a tobacco giant seeking to undermine efforts to make cigarettes less attractive to children and women, and force packs to carry larger health warnings.
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, raised the prospect of hospital super-heads and a new chief inspector of family doctors, in his first public response to the Francis report on hundreds of needless deaths at Stafford hospital.
Margaret Thatcher and her chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe were behind a politically toxic plan in 1982 to dismantle the welfare state, newly released Downing Street documents show. She later attempted to distance herself from the plans after what was described as a "riot" in her cabinet.
Repeated claims by ministers that the NHS made almost £6bn of productivity gains last year have been questioned by the public spending watchdog, which suggested that savings had been much smaller.
The coalition has been accused of presiding over a sham "listening exercise" on NHS reform last year, as a leaked document reveals how the private health lobby worked with Downing Street behind the scenes to ensure that the new legislation went ahead.
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An NHS trust that is struggling to meet the costs of a private finance initiative is also failing to deliver proper standards of care, according to the health watchdog.
Public satisfaction with the NHS has recorded its largest fall in at least three decades, with ministers' rhetoric attacking the health service to justify reforms likely to have dented confidence, a thinktank has warned.
Ministers believe they may have hit upon a new weapon in the battle against obesity: a children's television series showing healthy lifestyles can be fun.
The government is considering forcing tobacco companies to package their cigarettes in plain brown wrappers in a bid to de-glamorise smoking and stop young people taking up the habit.