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Lansley confirms UN nomination

Andrew Lansley has confirmed that David Cameron has nominated him to replace Baroness Amos as the next humanitarian chief at the United Nations.

The former health secretary told the World at One that he would like the position, but he acknowledged it was “not a given” he would get the job.

“We had a conversation about it some time ago,” he said.

Mr Lansley is due to stand down as an MP next year.

“If I didn’t make the decision to leave, it would be incredibly difficult to leave in the future and do something substantial,” he explained.


Cameron faces internal criticism over drink levy

David Cameron is facing a backlash from his own Cabinet over plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley claim the move is unfair on low-income drinkers who consume responsibly. Meanwhile a study from the Adam Smith Institute has cast doubt on whether a minimum price would be successful in cutting crime and preventing health problems.


Andrew Lansley: Online bookings will make life easier for patients


Andrew Lansley has said allowing online appointments will "make life easier for patients."

Mr Lansley said: "By allowing people to access the NHS online, we will put an end to the 8am rush to phone your GP to try and book an appointment.

"Reforms like this will take the hassle out of the health service."

Earlier today, Health Minister Paul Berstow told Sky News that "having a digital first approach is what this strategy we’re publishing is all about."


Lansley 'worst health secretary' - doctors

Andrew Lansley has been voted the worst health secretary by leading doctors and health experts.

An analysis by the British Medical Journal reveals that fifty top health workers have chosen Mr Lansley as the worst health secretary in their lifetime and Aneurin Bevan the best.


New age discrimination law for doctors

NHS staff will be banned from denying or providing lesser treatment to elderly patients under a new law to be set out today.

The proposals, announced by Care Minister Paul Burstow, will prevent doctors from failing to consider "the well-being or dignity of older people".

In another development, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has written to the chair of the British Medical Association warning that strikes planned for later this month could disrupt 30,000 operations, and will "at best inconvenience and at worst harm your patients".


Doctors could be struck off over language skills

The NHS will be legally obliged to ensure foreign doctors have a good grasp of English and are familiar with the workings of the NHS, Andrew Lansley will announce today. The Health Secretary will also announce plans to ‘strike off’ doctors who fail the language test, saying the current situation is “not good enough and it has to change”. The National Health Service regulator has increased the hospital saving target by 50%. Monitor upped its recommendation of annual savings from 4.6% to 7%.


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