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Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage speaks to the media as he arrives for the annual party conference at Doncaster Racecourse on September 26, 2014. Image: Getty

Ukip conference: Louise Bours’ shouty sermon on the NHS

26 September 2014 12:53

Politicians always speak about the NHS with passion. It is our national religion. So today Louise Bours, Ukip’s health spokeswoman, adopted the demeanour of a Pentecostal preacher, addressing her party… Continue reading

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‘Unhealthy’ foods that are surprisingly healthy

17 September 2014 10:00

Thank you, oh thank you, dear scientists, for rehabilitating these dietary dangers: Chocolate Previously dismissed as full of sugar and fat, chocolate is now claimed to have all sorts of… Continue reading

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Ten healthy reasons to drink a cup of tea

8 September 2014 10:45

Drinking tea might stop you having a stroke. A meta-analysis of nine studies revealed that people who drank three or more cups of tea (black or green) had a 21%… Continue reading

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China’s public health crisis

25 August 2014 11:08

During a recent visit to China I knew I was being watched. My family were also frequently photographed and videoed. But I don’t believe there was anything sinister about the… Continue reading

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Pubs And Clubs in England and Wales Prepare For New Licensing Laws

Forget warnings and labels. Make problem drinkers pay for their excess

11 August 2014 13:26

It was news to me that there exists an All Party Commons Committee on Alcohol Misuse, but when you think about it, the notion makes complete sense; for evidence, all… Continue reading

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Ten foods to tackle diabetes

7 August 2014 14:58

Diabetes is spreading to epic proportions in the UK. It affects 3.2 million people, a figure which has doubled since 1996 and is expected to rise to five million by… Continue reading

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Does pre-diabetes really exist?

7 August 2014 11:00

Pre-diabetes is an artificial category with virtually zero clinical relevance,’ said an American professor in the Times. A friend of mine has even been told by the vet that her little… Continue reading

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The Down’s syndrome surrogacy story is horrible. But Britain has no right to sneer

4 August 2014 20:15

To look on the heartwarming side, Australians have shown that they are rather more humane as a nation than the anonymous couple in the news for allegedly discarding one of… Continue reading

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The Daily Mirror published this front page 'exclusive' this morning. The story is weapons grade baloney. (Image: Daily Mirror)

Another Daily Mirror front page horror

4 August 2014 10:47

What is it with the Daily Mirror and its spectacular ability to cock up its front page? We all remember the circumstances that led to Piers Morgan’s (first) spectacular fall. And the… Continue reading

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Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude Announces Plans To Scrap 192 Public Bodies

Mutually assured benefits: Francis Maude’s public sector revolution

2 August 2014 9:45

A revolution is underway in Bromley. The average time that it takes for a leg ulcer to be treated and healed has been cut from 21 weeks to 5 weeks.… Continue reading

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The NHS’s sympathy deficit

1 August 2014 9:52

Sometimes I have a quiet time as a voluntary hospital visitor. But recently I’ve witnessed a lot of distress from people of all ages and types. The other week I… Continue reading

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Top US Tobacco Companies Enter E-Cigarette Market

The insidious re-normalisation of smoking

31 July 2014 18:21

The NHS has long since been smoke free, banning smoking on-site for patients and staff alike back when I was a nursing student. Of course this is ignored pretty much… Continue reading

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I thought I had contracted Ebola. Life doesn’t get much scarier than that

30 July 2014 14:00

Juba After an all-night rainstorm in Juba I woke to see the mosquito that bit me in the dark. Now, several days later, a fever returns to me like an… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham is denigrating one of Labour's greatest policy achievements: the extension of private providers in national healthcare. (Image: Getty)

Put people before Burnham’s platitudes: Competition in healthcare benefits patients

29 July 2014 14:05

We are used to political parties trying to claim credit for any positive development that happened during their time in office. The Labour Party’s current stance on healthcare is the… Continue reading

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Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

28 July 2014 15:31

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually quite a large) sigh. The image of queues of angry… Continue reading

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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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Molly

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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