NHS

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

11 February 2017 9:00

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

Jeremy Hunt has promised to get serious about NHS health tourism before. Is he serious this time?

6 February 2017 8:25

This morning, we wake up to the news that the government is now serious about collecting money from health tourists…

What the papers say: Will the Government’s plan to tackle health tourism work?

6 February 2017 8:19

NHS hospitals will charge foreign patients who are not eligible for free, non-emergency treatment up front from April, Health Secretary…

The NHS is a vast, gaping, fathomless void

14 January 2017 10:00

The language of the left is a truly transformative grammar, so I suppose Noam Chomsky would heartily approve. There are…

NHS chief puts up a fight as No 10 row goes public

11 January 2017 18:41

With the NHS in the midst of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ according to the Red Cross, No 10 appeared to try…

Will more people start paying to see a GP?

11 January 2017 15:21

One of the many groups getting stick for the current pressure on NHS emergency wards are GPs, criticised for their…

Is there a war on the old?

10 January 2017 16:00

What’s it like being old? Rotten, says Professor John Sutherland in his latest book The War On The Old —…

Why isn’t Labour focusing its efforts on the NHS crisis?

10 January 2017 15:33

Jeremy Corbyn will shortly give his speech on Labour’s position on freedom of movement, hopefully clarifying whether that is his…

Jeremy Hunt has a point about A&E

9 January 2017 17:15

One of the supposed rules of modern politics is that you shouldn’t tell the voters they are wrong. So, Jeremy…

What the papers say: An overdue overhaul for mental health and May’s Trump-sized opportunity

9 January 2017 8:52

Theresa May is launching yet another attempt to define herself as a politician today with a major speech on tackling…

Poor mental health care is a ‘stain’ on our country. But whose fault is that?

18 November 2016 13:46

Today’s warning from every former Health Secretary from the past 20 years about inadequate mental health provision raises a number…

What the papers say: Should Carney stay?

31 October 2016 10:26

Mark Carney’s appointment in 2013 as Governor of the Bank of England was almost universally applauded. Yet more recently Carney…

PMQs Sketch: Theresa May torpedoes Jeremy Corbyn in six syllables

19 October 2016 16:42

Today we saw government without opposition. At least without opposition in the hands of the Opposition leader. Rambling, disorganised Jeremy…

Corbyn leaves Ukip an open goal, and they miss it

8 October 2016 10:31

Jeremy Corbyn is taking Labour ever further away from its traditional working class voters in the north and the midlands.…

Corbyn’s NHS plans reveal why Labour is doomed

22 September 2016 16:17

The NHS was the defining issue of the Labour leadership campaign because both candidates knew it had the power to…

Labour must share the blame for the junior doctors’ row

6 September 2016 14:44

The BMA’s decision to cancel the first of its planned five-day strikes yesterday was justified as a response to concerns over patient safety.…

The BMA sees (some) sense over junior doctor strikes

5 September 2016 16:30

Junior doctors have scrapped plans to strike next week. In a dispute which looks increasingly messy and interminable, this is a…

The NHS would be crippled without big pharma

21 July 2016 15:37

Like Owen Smith, I have an interest to declare when discussing Pfizer.   Somewhere on my bookshelf I have a Pfizer…

The NHS shouldn’t fund a drug that prevents HIV

9 June 2016 8:22

What would you say if a powerful cyclists’ pressure group ganged up on the NHS and lobbied it to provide…

How Vote Leave plan to persuade the electorate that there are real risks to staying in the EU

28 May 2016 10:31

The IN campaign’s plan for victory in this EU referendum is relatively simple.  ‘Do you want the status quo or…

Immigration dominates first BBC EU debate

26 May 2016 21:51

The Lincoln-Douglas debate it was not, but we have just had the first prime time TV debate of this EU…

What now for Jeremy Hunt?

19 May 2016 9:41

The junior doctors strike will be remembered not only as the first time in NHS history that a complete walk…

A deal has been reached in the junior doctors dispute

18 May 2016 17:54

A deal has been reached between the government and the BMA on the new junior doctors contract. The deal now…

Hunt hits back – but is he now pulling his punches?

26 April 2016 9:10

Jeremy Hunt has not done himself any favours in the past with his comments about junior doctors. But today –…

All-out strikes will not kill patients. An exodus of junior doctors will

26 April 2016 7:49

Until now, it has not been clear to most people what the junior doctors’ strikes are all about. It began…