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A long life ahead: But lifespans differ significantly in different parts of the region

Life expectancy rises - but children born in richer parts of the West Midlands live three years longer

It matters where you live: new official figures people in wealthier areas of the West Midlands can expect to live up to three years longer

Heart of England NHS trust chief steps down after watchdog unveils failings

Mark Newbold HEFT Heart of England chief executive
Mark Newbold said language used by Monitor about the trust as “undermining” and “uncomfortable” was among his reasons for leaving

Barber Institute helps recovering addicts through ongoing art project

Recovering addicts are creating art at the University of Birmingham gallery to help them deal with mental health issues

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A long life ahead: But lifespans differ significantly in different parts of the region

Life expectancy rises - but children born in richer parts of the West Midlands live three years longer

It matters where you live: new official figures people in wealthier areas of the West Midlands can expect to live up to three years longer

Mark Newbold HEFT Heart of England chief executive

Heart of England NHS trust chief steps down after watchdog unveils failings

Mark Newbold said language used by Monitor about the trust as “undermining” and “uncomfortable” was among his reasons for leaving

Barber Institute helps recovering addicts through ongoing art project

Recovering addicts are creating art at the University of Birmingham gallery to help them deal with mental health issues

New plans to prevent Birmingham's disabled children travelling miles to school

Proposals come after councillors revealed last year that some children with special educational needs were having to get up to 12 buses a day

Stechford Cascades water slides will be lost in £36m pool overhaul

Pool is one of six new council-owned sites to be built in the city which will be run by private operators

Green light for £36m shake-up of city's leisure facilities

Birmingham City Council rubber stamps project which will include five rebuilt or new swimming pools

Sarah Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Children's Hospital

Clinical jobs 'safe' if Birmingham hospitals merge

Birmingham Children's Hospital chief Sarah-Jane Marsh expects no compulsory redundancies if merger plans go through

An artist’s impression of the new 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital

New £353m hospital will mean boost for economy

George Osborne has announced approval for the 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital to be built on vacant industrial land in Smethwick.

Dentists are forced to remove all the rotting milk teeth from some children in a 'massive parenting failure'

Parents 'fail' children as many lose all their teeth

Some youngsters are undergoing hospital operations to remove all 20 baby teeth, according to Dr Nigel Carter.

George Osborne

Plans approved for new £353 million hospital

Chancellor George Osborne announces approval for the new hospital in Smethwick during a visit to the Black Country

Celebrity chef recipes may be contributing to Britain's obesity epidemic

High sugar hidden in 'health foods', warns Birmingham expert

City public health dietician Eleanor McGee says many people are unaware that 'low fat' options on supermarket shelves contain far more sugar than their standard equivalent

Whistleblower Dr David Drew

Sacked NHS doctor welcomes whistleblowers' charter

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced an independent review to "boost safety and transparency and openness" in the NHS.

A smoker using an e-cigarette

E-cigarette makers 'are targeting children'

Birmingham health official has accused the makers of e-cigarettes of targeting children.

Neil Aitchinson

Widow's campaign after husband’s 'shocking' care

Linda Aitchison lost her husband Neil two years ago to secondary skin cancer, which had spread to his lungs, liver, spine and finally his brain.

Obesity

It's OK to be fat AND fit says city's health champ

Birmingham's health champion has said he's happy for people to be fat - as long as they get some exercise.

Drink-related crime is a fifth higher in Birmingham than the rest of the UK

Alcohol shortens men's lives by over 12 months

New figures reveal drink-related health crisis across the Midlands

Dame Yve Buckland, new chairman of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham

Royal Orthopaedic appoints first female chairman

Dame Yve Buckland is former head of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

Good Hope Hospital

Good Hope Hospital campaigners demand closure answers

Campaigners from the Save Local Services at Good Hope met with councillors and concerned residents over alleged plans to close trauma services and move it to Heartlands

Sarah Jane Marsh, CEO of Birmingham Children's Hospital, and (inset) husband NHS boss Sir David Nicholson

The hospital chief who came in from the cold

She was the youngest ever NHS hospital chief executive when appointed. Alison Stacey finds out why Birmingham Children's Hospital boss Sarah-Jane Marsh turned down the chance of becoming a spy to get into the business of saving lives.

Dr Bob Morley, executive secretary of Birmingham Local Medical Committee

Birmingham GP claims low morale forcing doctors to quit

Dr Bob Morley spoke after new research from the British Medical Association suggested work pressures had caused more than half of GPs to consider retiring early

Videos & Photos

Photo archive of inner-city Birmingham revealed 50 years on

Kimberley Wapplington, Smith Cooper; Nick Lee, Smith Cooper; Sarah Jennings, DWF, attend a drinks reception at Birmingham Metro Bar & Grill for new Smith Cooper partner Nick Lee.

Smith Cooper celebrate Birmingham expansion

CGI of University of Birmingham's new student halls and sports complex by Grange Road entrance

Next phase of £300m University of Birmingham regen set for green light

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