Sun, sea and a body MoT: From new teeth in Bratislava to banishing insomnia in (where else? Bedfordshire, the breaks that are a REAL health tonic

Sun, sea and a body MoT: From new teeth in Bratislava to banishing insomnia in (where else) Bedfordshire, the breaks that are a REAL health tonic | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 29 December 2012 You might assume that an annual holiday is the one time when health concerns go out of the window.

Elderly care "reduced to a production line of tasks" as hard-pressed carers struggle to cope

Elderly care 'reduced to a production line of tasks' as hard-pressed carers struggle to cope Many left suffering in loneliness as care workers spend as little as 15 minutes in someone's homeReport says carers received little training before performing difficult tasksOne care worker said: 'It's only a matter of time' before an accident happens | UPDATED: 22:04 GMT, 5 October 2012 Councils are treating vulnerable pensioners as a mere ‘production line’ of tasks to be completed by hard-pressed carers, according to a report which lifts the lid on the horrendous state of home care for the elderly.

Prescribing yoga on the NHS could slash annual 1.37billion back pain bill, say experts

Prescribing yoga on the NHS could slash annual 1.37billion back pain bill, say experts Bad back sufferers taking part in the yoga programme had far fewer days off work than those in the control group | UPDATED: 12:33 GMT, 17 August 2012 Most people will experience back pain during their lives, but for some it can become a chronic debilitating condition.

Number of patients waiting more than 4 hours in A&E reaches 8-year peak in England”s hospitals

Number of patients waiting more than 4 hours in hospital A&E departments reaches 8-year peak 4.2 per cent of A&E patients waited longer than four hours from January to March, compared with 3.4 per cent in the same period last yearReport authors warn increase 'reflects growing pressures on the hospital sector' | UPDATED: 16:38 GMT, 31 May 2012 The number of patients facing waiting times of more than four hours in England's accident and emergency units has reached an eight-year peak.

Circle which runs NHS Hinchingbrooke hospital gets to keep 2m profit from surplus – even though centre is 40m in debt

First private company to run an NHS hospital will keep 2m a year from profits – despite centre being 40m in debtCompany would need to generate 70m surplus over 10 years to clear hospital's debtSurplus should go into improving patient care, says Unison | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 3 May 2012 The first private firm to run an NHS hospital is set to make millions of pounds while the centre is still in debt, it has emerged.

Whistleblower helpline launches – but staff will still face reprisals, warn campaigners

Whistleblower helpline launches – but staff will still face reprisals, warn campaigners Health Secretary said helpline would tackle “pockets of poor practice”Campaigners say external service doesn”t address internal revenge culture A free helpline is being launched for whistleblowers in the NHS and social services.

Council "diet police" should inspect the lunches of private sector workers, report urges

Council “diet police” should inspect the lunches of private sector workers, report urgesDrastic action needed to end “sick note culture” The food in the canteens belonging to private sector employers should be monitored by council inspectors to help improve workers” health, a report says.