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2006-07-26 06:01:00

By BOB ROBERTS TONY Blair is today expected to announce the start of a shift away from the NHS's role in a "nanny state". A senior Downing Street source said the PM's message will be that people should take responsibility for their lifestyles. If not, he will warn, health systems in the future will be unable to cope with rising demand caused by obesity, drinking and smoking. The source said the speech would mark a change of emphasis away from nanny-style lectures on what to eat and...

2006-06-21 07:20:00

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales urged the British government on Wednesday to order a complete review of abortion laws in the light of advances in medical science. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor pressed Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt to consider whether the 24-week limit on abortions could be cut, his spokesman said. "The 1967 act needs to be looked at again in the light of recent changes in science and women's experiences, and...

2006-02-14 15:21:34

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - England looks set to follow Ireland's lead and ban smoking in pubs when lawmakers vote on Tuesday after both health and brewing industry groups joined forces to bring it in line with the rest of Britain. The vote follows a climbdown by Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, which had previously proposed merely a partial ban, exempting private clubs and pubs that do not serve food. That idea had incensed many lawmakers from Blair's own Labour party...

2006-01-24 12:17:25

LONDON (Reuters) - The first NHS walk-in centres to allow British commuters to get medical treatment on the way to and from work will open on Tuesday. The two centres, located at London Liverpool Street and Manchester Picadilly train stations, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and patients will not need to make an appointment. "The public has told us that they want faster, more convenient NHS services," Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said. "Many banks and supermarkets are now open...

2005-10-27 11:00:00

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled new anti-smoking laws on Thursday but failed to impose a total ban on lighting up in workplaces after a heated debate in prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour party. Widespread reports of squabbling over the issue in cabinet have prompted some analysts to wonder whether Blair, having set the clock ticking on his departure, is losing his iron grip over his government. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced the ban would cover most -- but not...

2005-10-26 11:20:00

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will publish plans on Thursday for a ban on smoking in public places in England, stopping short of total prohibition after a prolonged bout of ministerial wrangling. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said her Health Improvement Bill would prevent smoking in restaurants and bars where food is served. But to the dismay of anti-smoking campaigners, private members' clubs will be exempt and pubs serving no food would be allowed to choose...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.