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The Working Time Directive costs lives. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Jeremy Hunt opens the attack on the Working Time Directive

23 July 2014 11:10

For years, Secretaries of State for Health have studiously ignored one of the most corrosive regulations to the NHS: the European Working Time Directive. Although the EU is not supposed… Continue reading

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Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

21 July 2014 16:04

Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park in Gloucestershire, with some of them drinking the iron-rich waters… Continue reading

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A celebration of the NHS during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012. Image: Getty

Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

21 July 2014 15:11

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the House of Commons health select committee, they were quite wrong. The… Continue reading

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Drink water, say the public health officials.

Warning to all fasting Muslims!

17 July 2014 9:49

Are all of Britain’s fasting Muslims about to die because of the heatwave? This is what’s worrying me as I sit in my darkened room — curtains drawn and lights… Continue reading

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Why lobbying against sugar misses the point

15 July 2014 15:57

Everybody knows that obesity is a massive problem. According to the World Health Organisation, it is now linked to more deaths than malnutrition and starvation. And thanks to a remarkable… Continue reading

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We are all numbers in Labour’s computer now

9 July 2014 14:56

In 1975 Margaret Thatcher said in her ‘Free Society’ speech to the Conservative Party Conference: ‘Some Socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. We… Continue reading

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There are better ways to screen for illness than an internal vaginal examination. (Image: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Let’s call time on the unpleasant ritual of vaginal examinations

9 July 2014 12:11

An internal examination is an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience for many women. The process involves a doctor inserting two gloved lubricated fingers into the vagina while using the other hand… Continue reading

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The problem with the NHS? The soft bigotry of low expectations.

9 July 2014 11:57

In many ways I’ve endured enjoyed a very fortunate life. Not least because, perhaps unusually, I’ve had almost no dealings with the National Health Service. I mean, apart from a… Continue reading

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Mental health: Government’s commitment doesn’t match its rhetoric

24 June 2014 16:53

Professor Sue Bailey, the outgoing President of the Royal College of Psychiatry, has described mental health services in England as a ‘car crash’. Although the language may be alarmist Professor… Continue reading

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Spastics, cretins and the political correctness of the right

23 June 2014 16:25

Ruth Richards, head of communications at Mind, has written a response to my criticism of the pointlessness of politically correct descriptions of the mentally ill and handicapped. As you would… Continue reading

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DNR notices: A matter of life and death

18 June 2014 13:51

It was Janet Tracey’s family who brought about a change in the law regarding Do Not Resuscitate notices on patient’s notes in hospital. Thanks to their efforts, hospitals will now… Continue reading

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Experts cast doubt on statins – you read it first in Spectator Health

11 June 2014 10:00

Statins are in the news – again. A few weeks ago, reports appeared across the media suggesting that statins truly were the wonder-drug of our time – and that the… Continue reading

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The great civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois knew that 'the name' is not the thing that counts, it is 'the Thing' that counts. (Image: Getty)

The cheating language of equality

10 June 2014 12:52

If you write about the mentally ill – people who suffer a short breakdown, maybe, or long periods of crippling stress – or say that those who must cope with… Continue reading

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Images of different stages of sore and eventual scarring caused by the smallpox vaccination is shown at Mid-Florida Biologicals December 5, 2002 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. (Photo by Scott A. Miller/Getty Images)

Celebrating the death of smallpox – and a short history of vaccination

25 May 2014 10:06

The World Health Organisation is voting on whether to destroy the last few remaining samples of the smallpox virus. Smallpox is the only virus that affects humans that’s ever been… Continue reading

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You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy town parliament. It is a celebration of our common heritage… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks About The NHS

David Cameron’s sacred cows exposed by Freakonomics

16 May 2014 13:30

There’s an interesting bit in the first chapter of Think Like a Freak, (Allen Lane, £12.99), from the Freakonomics duo, Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner in which the… Continue reading

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UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

We need better migration data for an effective immigration policy

16 May 2014 11:56

Britain has a long and proud history of opening its doors to the vulnerable and oppressed; of welcoming workers, students and tourists from across the world. I believe that Britain… Continue reading

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We get the message: smoking is bad for you. Now leave fag packets alone

3 April 2014 23:31

What form do you reckon the government’s consultation on cigarette packaging is going to take? Given that health minister Jane Ellison has said that the government’s intention is clear and… Continue reading

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Why not fine those who waste the NHS’s resources?

1 April 2014 16:07

What do I want from the budget, I was asked. So I had a think. One plea was for no more pasty taxes, which I argued distracted from the more… Continue reading

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Burning foetuses to heat hospitals: a perfect metaphor for modern Britain

24 March 2014 18:16

By way of a metaphor for the way the NHS and, come to that, the law regards foetuses, you can’t really better the reality, viz, that foetal remains from abortions… Continue reading

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The Francis Report into the failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust is published today. Picture: Getty

In praise of those who have improved healthcare in Staffordshire

14 March 2014 16:00

Last week, the House of Commons considered the vital matter of the Francis Report – one year on. It is quite difficult at this stage in the tragedy of Stafford… Continue reading

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General Election - National Health Service

Spending on health harms your wealth

14 March 2014 14:56

Much of the Budget debate next week will be devoted to the future growth rate of GDP and of total public spending; but there probably won’t be much attention paid… Continue reading

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The Early Access to Innovative Medicines scheme will make us healthier for longer

14 March 2014 10:48

Imagine this: you take a routine trip to the doctors. Except it doesn’t turn out to be routine at all. Instead, the doctor tells you that you only have months… Continue reading

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mentalhealthcop Police inspector's Twitter suspended

Why the police silenced one of the best officers in Britain

18 February 2014 17:45

West Midlands Police’s announcement that it had ordered the closure of the blog and Twitter account of Inspector Michael Brown – ‘the mental health cop’ – has caused astonishment and anger… Continue reading

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The dream pill may not always be worth it

13 February 2014 11:58

A couple of years ago, I was put on the third-generation contraceptive pill Yasmin. ‘It’s good for your skin and stabilises your weight,’ the doctor said. And it’s true. I’ve found… Continue reading

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