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Rebecca Broughton, 28, and Violet Thomas, 60 with their new bikes from the Big Birmingham Bike giveaway

Free ride for lucky commuters as city gives away 5,000 bikes

A total of 40 bikes were handed over to their new owners in Victoria Square - the start of a 5,000 bike giveaway under the council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme.

Fears social media may aggravate eating disorders

Kate Moss
Teens vulnerable to online pressure of 'sucked-in' bodies

Warnings over child security at Midlands A&E

Chief inspector of hospitals issues warning to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust over concerns about A&E departments following unannounced inspection earlier this year

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Rebecca Broughton, 28, and Violet Thomas, 60 with their new bikes from the Big Birmingham Bike giveaway

Free ride for lucky commuters as city gives away 5,000 bikes

A total of 40 bikes were handed over to their new owners in Victoria Square - the start of a 5,000 bike giveaway under the council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme.

Kate Moss

Fears social media may aggravate eating disorders

Teens vulnerable to online pressure of 'sucked-in' bodies

Warnings over child security at Midlands A&E

Chief inspector of hospitals issues warning to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust over concerns about A&E departments following unannounced inspection earlier this year

Major gains in trauma care ‘must not be lost’

Huge steps forward at a Birmingham hospital have led to much better survival rates for soldiers who have suffered terrible injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Agency staff bills cost the NHS a massive £3.3 billion last year

Hunt pledges to tackle NHS agency staff ‘rip-off’

Fears over quality of work at Midland hospitals as crackdown planned

Ambulance response targets hit in West Midlands

Positive month for paramedics as region records high scores and both grades of emergency calls

Britain's obesity epidemic

NHS boss: Parents making childhood obesity ‘normal’

Parents who allow their children to eat junk food and lead sedentary lifestyles are “normalising obesity”, the head of the NHS in England has warned.

Prime Minister David Cameron vows to create a 'seven-day' health service during a visit to Enki Medical Centre in Handsworth

David Cameron renews NHS pledges at Handsworth health centre

Seven-day working set to come in following Tory election victory as PM battles flu to deliver first major speech since re-taking power

Coun Paulette Hamilton will draw on her experiences as a nurse to help health services across Birmingham

New Birmingham health chief to draw on nursing experience

Coun Paulette Hamilton steps up to cabinet role after championing mental health issues in Birmingham and has vowed to work with outside agencies to deliver services against a backdrop of cuts

Coun Ray Hassall

Birmingham's next Lord Mayor to get city jogging

Coun Ray Hassall reinstated the Birmingham Half Marathon in 2008 and now wants to do more to get people active during his year as Lord Mayor

Why A&E waiting time failure should set alarm bells ringing

One in eight A&E patients waiting for more than four hours as NHS trusts in England fail to meet target

Matthew Kendall, who is urging support for the Foundation launched in his name.

Dying father calls on businesses to back new charity

Matthew Kendall, from Kings Heath, has only a short time left to live as he battles incurable oesophageal cancer

'Diet pills' share deadly past with wartime shells

Double danger of chemicals that killed young Midland woman has been known for a century

A pedestrian vents their fury on a car parked in Harrisons Road, Edgbaston

Birmingham Women's Hospital expansion prompts renewed calls for parking review

Busy residential streets around QE and University of Birmingham expected to get busier after planning permission awarded to six-storey maternity unit

Adam Dent, Advent Communications; John Latham, Coventry University; Sarah Perry, Coventry and Warwickshire Place Manager; Andy Hardy, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust; Roger Harrabin, BBC; Les Ratcliffe, Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board and Jaguar Land Rover.

Coventry Hospital trust and uni championed

The success of two of Coventry's largest employers has been underlined to an audience of business leaders.

NHS Doctor

Midland GPs struggle as 50,000 register in two years

South and central Birmingham surgeries have seen patients numbers grow by 3.4 per cent

Birmingham

Birmingham bids for 'European Capital of Running'

Birmingham is bidding to become the European Capital of Running with a pledge to get 5,000 couch potatoes pounding the streets to get fit.

Dr Raj Mattu

Doctor Raj Mattu's £14m claim for sacking 'is greedy'

Heart specialist Dr Raj Mattu fights for payout after he blew whistle on hospital.

Barclays' Mark Mumford with Jim Lovell from Veronica House care home in Tipton

Black Country care home built with Barclays' backing

Veronica House, based on Leabrook Road in Tipton, is owned by James and Veronica Lovell, directors of Hunstone, and is managed by their daughter in-law Elaine with support of their sons David and Andrew

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Negligence claims cost West Midlands hospitals £45m

The Heart of England NHS Trust, which runs Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, had the biggest bill in the region – £13.9 million for 2013-14

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Peter Salmon, director of BBC England

BBC chief Peter Salmon outlines expansion plans - for the North

The Battery Park site in Selly Oak where Sainsbury's has applied to build a new store

Sainsbury's plans in for Selly Oak site

CGI of public realm outside Two Chamberlain Square

Pictures: New images of Paradise office buildings

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