Several of Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged victims are considering taking legal action against the DoH and the BBC, a lawyer has told ITV News.
BBC director-general George Entwistle offered a "profound and heartfelt apology" to the alleged victims of Sir Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse.
BBC chief tells ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning he is satisfied with how the broadcaster reacted to the allegations against Jimmy Savile.
A committee set up by the Department of Health in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal has called for tighter regulation of the UK cosmetic interventions industry.
Recommendations announced today by the committee, headed by Sir Bruce Keogh, has recommended tighter controls on advertising, that those administering treatments should have proper qualifications, and that all dermal fillers should be prescription only.
The review board, set up following the PIP breast implant scandal, said it was "surprised" to learn that non-surgical treatments are almost entirely unregulated.
The cosmetic surgery industry is worth £2.3 billion a year, with people spending money on a range of procedures from Botox to breast implants.
A report on the financial future of two hospitals in Peterborough and Huntingdon has estimated that the Department of Health is paying £1 million a week to keep the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust afloat.
Criticising the decision to build a new hospital, whilst hiring a private firm to run another one 24 miles away, the report found:
- Management consultants had been used at "great expense to little effect", with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust spending £9 million in the last two financial years
- The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust had accumulated the highest deficit in the highest in the NHS for 2011/12, of £45.8 million
Unison warned from the start that selling Hinchingbrooke off to a private company was the wrong cure for its problems. In just one year some of our worst fears are coming true, and the much-hyped savings that many claimed would be delivered are not materialising.
She added that other trusts around the country were "struggling from bad PFI deals", and that patients may have to pay the price.
– Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health
This report will make worrying reading for local people and for health workers. It reveals the high price paid by local people when bad decisions are made about NHS services. The lessons must be learnt to avoid these issues happening again.
An independent committee has accused the Department of Health of making "catastrophic" decisions over the decision allow a new hospital in a city, while a private firm was being hired to run another one 24 miles away.
According to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust had accumulated a deficit of more than £45 million by the end of 2011/12.
– Stewart Jackson, Conservative MP for Peterborough, and a member of the committee
The trust's financial position is now so serious that, even if it achieves challenging annual savings, it will still require significant financial support of up to £26 million a year for the next 30 years to remain viable.
A report has criticised the Department of Health for the decision to build a new hospital and award a franchise to a private firm to run another one a few miles away.
According to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the decision left two hospitals whose financial viability and future was in doubt.
They added that there had been a lack of oversight in building a private finance initiative (PFI) hospital in Peterborough and allowing Circle Healthcare to run the nearby Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
According to the Department of Health obesity currently costs the NHS £5 billion every year. 40,000 people die of conditions linked to being overweight or obese.
Latest figures show the number of children who are overweight or obese doubles during primary school.
The healthy living campaign comes as a survey reveals the nation's lack of knowledge about food.
- Half of those surveyed didn't know that there are 11 lumps of sugar in a can of cola
- 49 percent aren't aware that a large takeaway pepperoni pizza has two times the recommended maximum daily intake of saturated fat
Source: Food IQ/Censuswide
– Public Health Minister, Anna Soubry
Making healthier, balanced meals on a budget can be a challenge for families. This new Change4Life campaign offers families free healthy recipes and money off those much needed cupboard essentials to encourage everyone to try healthy alternatives.
Thanks to the continuing success of Change4Life, a million mums have changed their behaviour.
But England has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe with over 60 percent of adults and a third of 10 and 11 year olds overweight or obese.
The advert forms the centrepiece of a campaign which aims to encourage the public to manage the amount of salt, fat and sugar in their diet.
The Change4Life adverts, which are made by Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, have joined forces with a range of food manufacturers and ITV to host the first ever health-focussed ad break during Coronation Street.