From a war-zone A&E to hellhole wards, my dispiriting week in an NHS hospital

27 January 2018 9:00 am

My dispiriting week in an NHS hospital

Our hospitals are putting privacy above humanity

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Hospitals are putting NHS data-protection policies above simple humanity

What the world looked like after my brain haemorrhage

28 May 2016 9:00 am

When your mind suddenly goes wonky, you may be the one person who doesn’t realise that there is something wrong…

A timely reminder of what junior doctors actually do – and it's not pleasant

16 April 2016 9:00 am

All this week Radio Five Live has been giving us an insight into what it is like not just to…

Spectator letters: The government’s monumental ignorance about the NHS

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Governmental ignorance Sir: Your leading article (13 February) blames junior doctors for playing with lives in their dispute; but what…

My surreal Christmas in hospital with a dangerously ill child

12 December 2015 9:00 am

My surreal Christmas in hospital with a dangerously ill child

It's not just Ashya King's parents who the authorities despise

6 September 2014 9:00 am

My first act upon returning from my holiday was to sign the online petition to have the supremely irritating children’s…

Even near the front line, there were flowers on the ward

6 September 2014 9:00 am

It’s the tub of bright red geraniums at the heart of the picture that startles. How did anyone have time…

Visiting Burgundy from my hospital bed

16 August 2014 9:00 am

There have been some splendid rumours about my health. According to the most exotic, I was cas-evacked from a hill…

Spectator letters: In defence of women ministers, Handel and lefty sex

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Give the women a chance Sir: Melissa Kite’s article about the reshuffle seems downright unfair (‘A misogynistic reshuffle’, 19 July). Whatever…

A night on a hospital ward with Paddy Leigh Fermor

15 March 2014 9:00 am

The catheter stung exquisitely when I lay down. So I stood up. All night I stood by my hospital bed,…

I’m hoping and praying for a continuation of potency

8 March 2014 9:00 am

I’ve had a medical procedure that is ‘likely’ to leave me impotent. A nurse is coming around dishing out Tramadol,…

Did Hurricane Katrina have an angel of mercy — or an angel of death? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

On 28 August 2005 — Sheri Fink’s Day One — Hurricane Katrina reached New Orleans. The National Weather Service warned…

Martin Vander Weyer: In my hospital bed, I saw the future of the NHS

4 January 2014 9:00 am

I blamed the pheasant casserole, but I did it an injustice. Its only contribution to the drama behind my disappearance…

Matthew Parris: I've been living with a miracle for 60 years

16 November 2013 9:00 am

This is probably the most self-indulgent column I’ve written. I hope not to make a habit of it. It’s an…

It's time to admit it: the NHS is unable to look after our elderly

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Encounters with the NHS’s most despised class