NHS

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…

There’s no escape from mindfulness

17 June 2017 9:00 am

And so, as it must, the pilgrimage to find a local GP surgery begins. This is a great British tradition,…

Letters: Why a Royal Commission is not the answer to the NHS’s problems

27 May 2017 9:00 am

NHS in a mess Sir: Max Pemberton is quite right to say that the NHS is close to collapse, but…

Why are district nurses quitting in droves? Because they care too much

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes, on Sundays, I visit Richard, a friend who’s 95 and lives alone. The idea originally was that I’d be…

Spectator Letters: Libyan oil must be allowed to flow freely

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Libyan solution Sir: Boris Johnson correctly reports glimmers of hope in Libya, but to say its problems can be solved…

The NHS is dying and only Theresa May can save it

20 May 2017 9:00 am

The NHS is collapsing. Theresa May has a unique opportunity to save it

Henry Marsh: How doctors can become monsters

6 May 2017 9:00 am

The celebrated neurosurgeon Henry Marsh on saving lives and facing death

We promised better help for people with autism. Too little has changed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In the NHS clinic where I work, adults who suspect they may have Asperger syndrome wait almost a year for…

Why wouldn’t our NHS saints help a dying man?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

We all think pretty highly of ourselves these days, free from old-fashioned ideas about sin. We’re good people. And yet……

Our hospitals are putting privacy above humanity

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Hospitals are putting NHS data-protection policies above simple humanity

What makes a university a university?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

What is a university? Sir: As a former Russell Group vice chancellor, I think that Toby Young’s appeal for more universities…

If the NHS needs more money, why not collect from health tourists?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Hunt’s plan to tackle health tourism is just not working

What physicists understand that economists don’t

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Particle of faith Sir: Fraser Nelson draws our attention to the most worrying aspect of economists getting it wrong, which…

Sometimes allowing someone to die is in the patient’s best interest

14 January 2017 9:00 am

All that’s needed for Radio 4’s One to One series (Tuesdays) to succeed is a sharp-eyed interviewer, ready with the…

Trust a man who worked in one: we don’t want more prisons

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Prisons and the public Sir: Your leading article on the sorry state of our prisons (19 November) was very welcome.…

My solvent Israeli friend had the best of the NHS without paying a penny

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The Israeli chef and I have become firm friends since he moved out of my flat. He has his own…

Nissan’s forgotten, strike-ridden past

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Strike force Nissan is to expand its plant in Sunderland, building two new models there. The Japanese company is praised for…

After decades of seemingly perpetual crisis, can the NHS survive?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

With seemingly relentless demand from patients and reduced budgets, can the NHS survive in its current form?

Why do doctors think Down’s children are a disaster to be avoided at all costs?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

At my wife’s first 12-week scan, I was expecting — and duly got — that much-documented sense of thrilled wonder…

The Limb of Limehouse, from Punch, 1932

Citizen Clem is the biography of a national figure not a Labour man

24 September 2016 9:00 am

History teaches no lessons but we insist on trying to learn from it. There is no political party more sentimental…

George Cruikshank’s illustration for ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens

Mutton, potatoes and ale – how children ate in the 19th century

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Modern Britain scratches its head over children who are overfed, not underfed, while guilt-ridden mothers stand accused of feeding children…