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Today: Monday 17th January

The government's plans to reorganise the NHS in England have been condemned by health unions; we'll be speaking with David Cameron who says the reforms cannot be delayed. Also in the programme, are Western parents too soft on their children? A Chinese American author tells us why the naughty step is just the beginning.

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The Prime Minister of Ireland, Brian Cowen, has called a vote of confidence in himself at a party meeting tomorrow, and his foreign minister is going to be voting against him. Our Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson tells us more.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Last night the actor Colin Firth, one of last month's Today guest editors, won the best actor prize at the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. He was rewarded this for his performance as George VI in 'The King's Speech'. The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani reviews the ceremony.

Tunisia is facing an uncertain few days after a violent weekend. Pro-democracy campaigners hope their pressure will result in a new interim government and fresh, democratic elections. But supporters of former president Ben Ali have been fighting with government soldiers in the streets of the capital, Tunis, from where Wyre Davies reports.

The TS Eliot Prize for Poetry is awarded on 24 January to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland in the last year. This week on Today we are going to be featuring all ten of the poets shortlisted for this year's prize. Today Pascale Petit reads her poem What the Water Gave Me Six.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The heads of six health unions including the BMA and the Royal College of Nursing have written to The Times about their "extreme concern" about NHS reforms. Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA and Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of the leading health think tank The King's Fund discuss the potential impact of the changes.

Paper review.

The award for controversial book of the year so far for concerned parents has to be Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The author is a Chinese American academic at Yale, Amy Chua, and the book plots her "tough mothering" style of parenting. Ms Chua explains her thinking.

Thought for the Day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.

Children are being sexually exploited more often than we realise according to the charity Barnardo's. Its chief executive, Anne-Marie Carrie, explains that sexual exploitation is occurring in every town and city of the UK. And a 20-year-old man tells of his abuse by other men after he came out as gay when he was 14 years old.

In a few days from now a new bill will be laid before parliament that will change the way the NHS works in England. It is the biggest reorganisation of the NHS since it came into existence in 1948. Prime Minister David Cameron discusses his thoughts on changes to the NHS with Today presenter John Humphrys.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

It is exactly 20 years since the start of Operation Desert Storm - the US-led military operation to liberate Kuwait from its Iraqi occupation. The BBC's Allan Little reported from Baghdad at the time and reflects on his own memories of the conflict.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Wanda Jackson is one of the pioneers of rock and roll. Her heyday was perhaps in the 1950s and 60s. But now in her seventies she has been back in the studio and has been collaborating with The White Stripes' Jack White. Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge spoke to them. This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

On sales at a auction today is an early war game which was created in 1890 to help train officers and military personnel in strategy. Luke Honey, chess and games consultant at the auction house Bonhams and Major-General Patrick Cordingley who commanded the 7th armoured brigade during the first Gulf War talk about the game.



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