Care and compassion is "alive and well in the NHS", the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has said.
The outgoing head of the NHS has come under fire after posting a spoof video mocking a senior colleague and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
More specialist doctors may be needed if Britain is to catch up with France in the treatment of dementia, a top neurologist told ITV News.
Solicitor Sharon Lam, acting for the widow of a 51-year-old father of one who died days after surgery, said her client feels they were treated 'like a human guinea pig'.
Ms Lam said the man, who has not been named, had keyhole surgery to remove a tumour in his oesophagus last year and died from a haemorrhage five days after being discharged.
– Solicitor Sharon Lam
Our main concern is that the deceased could have opted for a more conventional procedure, but this particular procedure was highly advocated by the surgeon.
It was as if it was being sold to him, that he could have it done early and it would be carried out by a top surgeon.
The patient was made to feel that they were quite lucky to have this surgery.
Our client feels they have been treated like a human guinea pig to test the eligibility of this surgery.
He was not told that it was a very new surgery. At no time was he offered the conventional surgery, and it all happened so quickly."
– Dr Paul Sigston, Medical director, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
We are sorry that some patients did not receive the level of care and treatment that they should have due to potentially avoidable surgical complications.
We are in contact with, and have apologised to, the families who have beenaffected and have been clear that we need to make improvements.
As part of its review, the trust commissioned an assessment of its upper GI cancer surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons last year.
It highlighted that the service had a higher-than-expected complication rate in 2012 and last year...
Potentially avoidable surgical complications may have contributed to the deaths of five cancer patients, an NHS Trust has revealed.
The five all died within a year following upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery at Maidstone Hospital in Kent, run by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
Upper GI surgery has been suspended and the trust is now sending patients requiring it to St Thomas' Hospital in central London instead.
The incidents have been referred to the General Medical Council (GMC), and the trust has conducted its own internal inquiry.
A three-year-old heart patient died after a new NHS computer system "failed" to schedule him for a vital hospital scan - leading to a delay in his treatment, a coroner has ruled.
Samuel Starr, who was born with a congenital cardiac defect, underwent surgery not long after his birth in 2010 and made a good recovery.
However, medics said he would still need regular tests to check on his progress at Bath's Royal United Hospital.
But a delay came after a new computer system, called Cerner Millennium, was rolled out and Samuel did not have a crucial scan for 20 months after his first major operation.
When he finally had the appointment, doctors found Samuel needed open heart surgery. During the procedure, Samuel suffered a stroke.
Further complications followed and he died in the arms of his devastated parents, Catherine Holley and Paul Starr, a month later.
Avon Coroner Maria Voisin today, recording a narrative conclusion, ruled the booking system meant Samuel was not seen and did not receive treatment.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) officials have offered their "heartfelt thanks" to the families who donated their deceased loved one's organs and "helped transform the lives of others".
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHSBT, said.
Last year we set out our aspiration to match the best countries in the world for organ donation and transplantation, and if we are going to achieve this we will need to see a revolution in attitudes in society towards donation.
The increase in donors reflects increasing support in hospitals to refer potential donors to us and more families being approached, but there has been little change in our attitude to donation over the last few years. It's still not something we would all be proud to do.
The Government has hit out at claims it has no clear plan for aiding struggling A&E services and claimed there "was no easy fix" to the problem.
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said successive Governments had failed to come up with a recruitment plan to train and hire specialist emergency care doctors.
– Dr Dan Poulter
Working with the College of Emergency Medicine we have a clear strategy to tackle the shortage, and have 414 more A&E consultants than there were in 2009, as well as filling all training places for doctors choosing to specialise in A&E.
It takes six years to train an A&E consultant, and there is no easy fix - but our long-term plans are robust, increasing the number of training places by 75 next year, and planning for all trainee doctors to spend time in A&E.
The "chronic shortage" of trained A&E doctors is suffocating any attempts to improve emergency admissions services, the head of the Public Accounts Committee has warned.
Margaret Hodge criticised the NHS' reliance on temporary staff, which she dubbed "expensive" and not capable of offering "the same quality of service".
– Margaret Hodge
Any attempt to improve emergency admissions services in the NHS is being completely stymied by the chronic shortage of specialist A&E consultants.
Nearly one fifth of consultant posts in emergency departments were either vacant or filled by locums in 2012. There are also major problems in training enough doctors in emergency medicine.
What we found amazing is that neither the Department nor NHS England has a clear strategy to tackle the shortage of A&E consultants.
With many hospitals struggling to fill vacant posts for A&E consultants, there is too much reliance on temporary staff to fill gaps.
A record number of people have donated organs after death in the UK, health officials announced.
Last year organs were taken from 1,323 people who died - a 13.7% rise on the previous year, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said.
The organs were given to 3,500 people, a spokeswoman for the body, which is responsible for organ donations in the health service, said.
The figures for 2013 also show that 58.6% of bereaved families who were asked to donate their loved one's organs did so - a rise from 56.5% the previous year.
Specially trained emergency care doctors should be enticed to work at struggling hospitals by higher pay, a group of MPs has said.
The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said struggling A&E services had been "hampered" by a lack of consultant care.
They also criticised both the Department of Health and NHS England for not having a "clear strategy for tackling the chronic shortage of A&E consultants".
"Many hospitals, especially those facing the greatest challenges, struggle to fill vacant posts for A&E consultants," the report states.
"There is too great a reliance on temporary staff to fill gaps, which is expensive and does not offer the same quality of service."