Expect six fewer disability-free years if you live in the North

Why living in the North means you’re more likely to have an illness-ridden retirement | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 14 June 2012 The report said health inequalities have enormous social and economic costs A rich-poor divide in England means people living in the North-East are less likely to enjoy a healthy retirement than those in the South East, figures show.

Doctors vote on whether to take "reluctant" industrial action over pensions

Doctors vote on whether to take 'reluctant' industrial action over pensions Result of the ballot among 103,000 doctors across the UK is expected to be announced todayIf strike goes ahead, thousands of GP appointments and hospital operations will be cancelled next monthRecent poll of GPs found majority support strike By Graham Smith PUBLISHED: 08:28 GMT, 30 May 2012 | UPDATED: 08:34 GMT, 30 May 2012 A ballot for industrial action among doctors in the bitter row over the Government's controversial pension reforms closed last night.

GP shortage leaves NHS in crisis as some are responsible for 9,000 patients each

Chronic shortage of family doctors leaves NHS in crisis as some GPs are found to be responsible for 9,000 patients each The NHS is facing a crisis as a chronic shortage of family doctors has left some overworked GPs responsible for a staggering 9,000 patients, according to official figures.