Audit firms" "cosy" links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government"s relationship with "Big Four" companies

Audit firms' 'cosy' links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government's relationship with 'Big Four' companiesCommittee says accountants have 'inside knowledge' of tax loopholes By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:44 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 26 April 2013 Margaret Hodge said accountants knew about tax loopholes Britain's biggest accountancy firms have ‘an unhealthily cosy relationship with Government’, a damning report from MPs will warn today.

Heartache as sister is denied vital new drug. But brother gets medicine because he lives in England

Woman with cystic fibrosis is denied vital new drug because she live in Scotland… while her brother gets it as he's based in England Emma Mitchell lives in Scotland and will not get breakthrough cystic fibrosis drugHer brother Nick lives in London and will because it has been approved in EnglandNow she must wait until January 14 to find out if she can get the life-saving treatment | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 31 December 2012 A brother and sister with the same chronic lung condition are facing a cross-Border lottery which will see one of them denied a life-saving drug. Emma Mitchell – who lives in Scotland – and her London-based brother Nick Talbot both have cystic fibrosis.

GPs told to prescribe cheaper drugs to help NHS save billions of pounds a year

GPs told to prescribe cheaper drugs to help cure NHS overspend by billions of pounds a yearPrescribing generic alternatives to branded drugs 'could save billions'Swapping could free up money for other areas of the NHS | UPDATED: 08:29 GMT, 31 December 2012 Report: Prescribing generic alternatives to expensive branded drugs could save the NHS billions, a new study claims Doctors could save the NHS billions of pounds a year by ditching expensive branded drugs in favour of prescribing cheaper, equally-effective alternatives, new research has found. More than 200 million was unnecessarily spent on two types of costly statin drugs alone in the last year, despite doctors usually being advised to prescribe better value options, the study said. The wider issue of inefficient spending on prescriptions where far cheaper generic equivalents exist is estimated to cost the NHS 1billion a year, data company Mastodon C said.

Stop smoking ad: Cancerous tumour grows out of cigarette in new anti-smoking campaign

Shocking ad shows cancerous tumour growing out of cigarette in new anti-smoking campaign Department of Health ad, which cost 2.7m, will run for nine weeks on television, billboards and onlineLaunched in response to statistics which show more than a third of smokers still think the health risks are greatly exaggerated | UPDATED: 00:12 GMT, 28 December 2012 This gruesome image of a tumour growing from a cigarette is part of the Government's latest attempt to get millions of Britons to stop smoking. The new Department of Health campaign launched today is in response to statistics which show more than a third of smokers still think the health risks are greatly exaggerated