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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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