NHS

History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop

10 November 2018 9:00 am

We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit…

The NHS at 70 has summoned me to its presense

The NHS is teaching me how to stand properly

10 November 2018 9:00 am

If you are wondering, any more than usual, how your tax is being spent, you should know that I have…

How Britain became a health service with a country attached to it

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Since the Budget, economists have pointed out that Britain is turning into a health service with a government attached. The…

What the NHS does now, Babylon did first

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Financial constraints combined with a shortage of staff have brought the NHS to a situation so desperate that it is…

Who hires the most stretch limos?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Global warnings How much time do we have to save the world from catastrophic climate change? 5 years         (according to…

Full of bog-standard, if annoyingly effective, emotional manipulation: The Foreign Doctors Are Coming reviewed

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Surprising I know, but judging from The Foreign Doctors Are Coming (Channel 4, Tuesday), Britain mightn’t be such a bad…

One of Alan Bennett’s finest efforts: Allelujah! reviewed

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Alan Bennett’s new play, Allelujah!, is an NHS drama set in a friendly hospital in rural Yorkshire. Colin, an ambitious…

Carmakers holding back investment in Britain is not just about Brexit

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Technical issues Sir: Martin Vander Weyer’s supposition that car manufacturers are holding back investment due to Brexit seems to be…

What happened to the teams who scored more than six goals in a World Cup?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Nursing numbers Was there ever a time when the NHS wasn’t in crisis? According to a report by NHS Health…

The internal logic of the NHS makes it ruthlessly cold-hearted

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Gordon Brown, echoing Aneurin Bevan, says that the greatest gift that the NHS brings to people is ‘serenity’. He is…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

Letters: An extra 3 per cent won’t fix the NHS

2 June 2018 9:00 am

What the NHS needs Sir: James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson are right (‘The great Tory health splurge,’ 26 May): an…

£350 million for the NHS: How the Brexit bus pledge is coming true

26 May 2018 9:00 am

The Brexit bus pledge has turned the Conservatives into big spenders

Sorry fishermen, but we were never going to win back control of our waters

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My decision to vote Remain was driven in part by an exercise in which I tried to identify anyone close…

Revealed: the Tory health tax bombshell

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The single most important domestic policy decision that the Conservatives must take is what to do about public spending. After…

Letters: It pains me to admit it, but Corbyn represents the zeitgeist

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Corbyn and the zeitgeist Sir: Your leading article is right about university tuition fees and the fruitlessness of Tory half-measures,…

The all give and no take of US taxes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It…

The NHS’s internal market is an expensive catastrophe

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The NHS’s internal market has been an expensive catastrophe

Letters: Leave Theresa May alone – she’s doing her best

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Stop knocking May Sir: I find this knocking of Theresa May increasingly depressing (‘Theresa’s choice’, 3 February). She has a terrible job…

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

Outsourcing is a good thing, regardless of the Carillion crash

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Carillion is a disaster on all fronts, but my sympathies go first to the fallen contracting giant’s sub–contractors. Upwards of…

A nice, cuddly NHS would be bad for us

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Recently the NHS postponed a large number of non-urgent operations to cope with what is known as the ‘annual winter…

Patients like being told they need an operation. It doesn’t mean they do

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Is expensive private surgery always necessary?

We all suffer ‘old age’ ailments – that doesn’t mean we all need a scan

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Memory, neuroscientists tell us, is fallible. It is a dynamic process whereby each time we remember something, it will be…

‘Cuts’ to blame for dementia? How Plato and Galen would have scoffed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…