Accident and emergency department junior doctor Lisa Wallberg draws on the pavement outside King’s College Hospital  in London, England. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Junior doctors across England have kept up pressure on the British government as their all-out strike over a new contract continues for a second day. (...)

Jeremy Hunt: his handling of the dispute was discribed as “the political equivalent of pouring oil on to a blazing fire”.  Photograph: Neil Hall/PA Wire

Hospitals in England have cancelled more than 12,500 operations and over 110,000 outpatient appointments today and tomorrow as junior doctors go on a(...)

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has succeeded in an attempt to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood was irrational and infected by apparent bias. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has succeeded in an attempt to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood was irrationa(...)

Junior doctors protest outside the department of health in London at the British government’s intention to impose new contracts. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Junior doctors in Britain’s National Health Service have said they will consider “all options open to us”, possibly including an all-out strike, afte(...)

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots. File Photograph:  Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Judgment has been reserved in former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots’ bid to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ir(...)

Senior judges in Northern Ireland were told former minister for health Edwin Poots (above) acted irrationally in maintaining the prohibition on blood donations from gay men, because the threat of blood contamination was “infinitesimal”.  File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Lifting the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland would increase the risk of a contaminated donation getting through just once ever(...)

Junior doctors protesting outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Hundreds of junior doctors have staged a protest outside Belfast City Hall against proposals to change contracts it says could put patient safety at r(...)

A High Court previously ruled that it was “irrational” for  former Nothern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots to maintain the ban on blood donations from gay men. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots was entitled to go against the rest of the UK in maintaining the ban on gay men giving blood in No(...)

 UK prime minister David Cameron leaving 10 Downing Street as he names his new cabinet following a post-election reshuffle. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

David Cameron today completed his cabinet reshuffle following last week’s UK general election, which resulted in a Conservative-majority government. W(...)

Conservative MP Iain Duncan-Smith is greeted by Labour’s Diane Abbott on the election campaign trail. A document written in Duncan-Smith’s department said child benefit should be denied to 16- to 19-year-olds, a £1,000 loss for parents of a single child. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Elections often produce noise, rather than light, leaving behind controversies which are unintelligible to audiences looking back years later.Even by (...)