A mother whose son has a muscle-wasting disease says early access to drugs is a risk worth taking for treatment that could change his life
Unions are considering strike action after the Government refused to give an across the board 1% pay rise in the NHS.
Care and compassion is "alive and well in the NHS", the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has said.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:
NEW: NHS staff will get 1% pay rise
But NHS who get automatic "progression pay" will not receive the 1% on top <That is 50% of NHS workforce
Michelle Elliott from Doncaster is one of the mothers to receive an apology from the Leeds Teaching Hopsitals NHS Trust in the report about mortality rates.
She believes her 13-year-old daughter Jessica waited so long for a heart transplant, after doctors said she wasn't sick enough, that she ended up having a stroke.
Jessica was finally referred to Newcastle where she had the operation - but the stroke has left her debilitated for life. Michelle, who has fought for all the families through her group Fragile Hearts says the apology should only be the beginning.
Those working in the public sector will find out today by how much their pay will increase in the next financial year.
The Government is to give its response later to a number of reports from review bodies.
Unions representing more than one million NHS workers across the UK have pressed for a decent rise after two years of wage freezes followed by a 1% increase.
The outgoing boss of the NHS in England has warned that the organisation is need of billions of pounds of extra funding in order to push through "painful and unprecedented" changes in the next parliament.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sir David Nicholson - who steps down at the end of the month - said that without the money the NHS will struggle to survive on recent austerity-driven budgets.
Sir David is calling for a "change fund" on top of the health service's annual £110 billion budget to help pay for its reformation.
The industry-wide changes required would be "huge, massive (and) unprecedented", he said, and would be "painful for staff" and difficult for the public to accept.
But without them future NHS leaders would preside over a "managed decline".
The second part of a report that ruled Leeds General Infirmary's children's heart unit is safe, outlined the experiences of 16 families who complained about care their children received at the unit, prompting six to have their child's treatment transferred to another centre.
- One mother said she felt pressurised into having an abortion, which was against her Muslim beliefs
- A bereaved parent told the investigators: "We were given no support by the staff after Annie died. We were given a leaflet. Nobody asked how we were getting home in the early hours of the morning."
- Another described how a book had gone missing in which their son had been writing about his experiences before his death. "It was like losing another part of him," the parent said. "They [staff] didn't seem bothered ... We had been going to Leeds for 10 years and no-one has rung to see how we are."
Responding to an NHS report that ruled Leeds General Infirmary's children's heart unit safe but outlined the experiences of families who complained of poor care, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised to those families.
– Julian Hartley, Chief Executive and Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
We are pleased for our patients, families and staff that the Mortality Case Review has confirmed the medical and surgical care provided by the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds is safe.
We are very sorry however, that the 16 families who shared their stories with the Family Experience Review felt we did not provide the care they had a right to expect.
We sincerely apologise to those families and will of course, ensure we learn from what they had to say and improve our services as a result of this.
A children's heart surgery unit in Leeds that was temporarily closed last year due to fears over mortality rates is safe, according to a comprehensive NHS report of its services out today.
However, the review of Leeds General Infirmary's children's heart surgery centre outlined the experiences of 16 families who complained of poor care at the unit, prompting apologies from both NHS England and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital.
In the end the Government won this vote comfortably despite the reservations of some backbenchers and Liberal Democrats. Less comfortable are likely to be the battles ahead over which departments to close in failing hospitals , or even in some which are quite successful.
Labour has failed in a bid to halt plans the Opposition claimed would hand sweeping powers to ministers to close hospitals.The Government saw off an amendment which would have cut Trust Special Administration from the Care Bill, winning a Commons vote 297 to 239, majority 58.
Speaking earlier in the debate, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham compared Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to a burglar "changing the law to get his way", and warned the Government plans could see an otherwise good hospital closed because of its proximity to a failing one.
MPs will debate a controversial measure that would give ministers the power to close local hospital services in financially failing NHS Trusts.
Labour has said it will vote against the measure, clause 119, when it is debated later this afternoon. Labour whips said on Twitter that the debate is due to take place at 3pm, and the vote will take place at 6pm.
For those asking when #clause119 will be debated - expect debate to start about 3pm with vote/s at 6pm - will provide usual full analysis