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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 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."
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has urged the Prime Minister not to sack him in his forthcoming reshuffle. In an interview with the Times, he argued it would be "absurd" for him not to oversee the implementation of the Health & Social Care Bill.
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".
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%.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said smoking is no longer considered an acceptable part of normal life, as a new ban on tobacco promotion comes into force. From this weekend all large shops and supermarkets in England must hide cigarettes and tobacco products from public view.
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