Spectator Health

Lord O’Shaughnessy giving the keynote speech at The Spectator Health Summit (image: Anne Schwarz)

Can technology make the NHS more efficient?

11 April 2018 9:00

As the Spectator held its inaugural health summit last week, the fraught issue of NHS funding was once again on…

Spare us from the Menopausal Militants!

21 March 2018 14:23

Another day and another celeb is moaning about her menopause. Earlier this week, TV presenter Andrea McLean suggested a campaign…

American Healthcare and the NHS

27 February 2018 18:36

Donald Trump recently disparaged Britain’s National Health Service for “going broke and not working,” leading Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to…

Conscientious objection is an important medical principle

23 February 2018 12:31

Doctors are expected to have integrity. Does this not entail that they should do what they think is right?

Life or assisted death: the doctor’s dilemma

15 February 2018 16:54

The so-called assisted dying debate is again generating more heat than light.  Once again, we have the British Medical Journal…

The NHS cannot heal itself

9 January 2018 10:29

Rationing did not end in the 1950s. The largest-scale rationing programme is still in existence: our beloved National Health Service.…

Don’t panic! There’s more than enough sperm to go around

26 July 2017 13:27

Getting agitated, are you, about declining sperm counts? The Guardian called the fall in numbers ‘shocking’; for the Telegraph, never…

As Boots discovered, the morning-after pill is now a lifestyle choice

22 July 2017 9:18

Well Boots has climbed down in a battle it was never going to win against Twitter, the mouthy MP Jess…

Why is the BMA trying to decriminalise abortion?

27 June 2017 17:29

It’ll be news, I expect, to most people that the BMA wants abortion to be decriminalised. Most people probably didn’t…

No, scientists haven’t discovered that ME ‘is not actually a chronic illness’

2 November 2015 17:02

Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome actually an illness? My Spectator colleague Rod Liddle believes that the game is up on this…

Can’t the BMA just admit it doesn’t want pregnant women to have fun?

26 June 2015 17:32

Earlier this month, a review published by the Cochrane Library criticised the idea of ‘eating for two’ while pregnant, suggesting that…

The government has found new momentum for NHS reform

15 June 2015 8:00

The PM’s first policy speech in this Parliament was devoted to the NHS and marked a big shift in tone…

We really are screwed if we believe that social media can curse us

11 June 2015 17:27

More bad news for Malaysia, I’m afraid, where a group of tourists have apparently managed to trigger an earthquake simply…

Vapers deserve to be angry – they are under attack

10 June 2015 18:09

There is a perception – on Twitter at least – that vapers are angry and abusive. Ben Goldacre recently described…

Why is the West so obsessed with the developing world’s knickers?

9 June 2015 14:05

Forget the selfie or the belfie; the latest craze to hit the internet is the ‘tampfie’. Twitter users are raiding their…

Roll of shame: MPs who back homeopathy fan David Tredinnick for chair of Commons Health Committee

8 June 2015 9:57

David Tredinnick is an Old Etonian Tory MP whom I met when he was a mature student at Oxford. He…

Labour, Prince Charles and homeopathic quacks: Andy Burnham has some explaining to do

5 June 2015 13:13

Obfuscation is an important tool in the kit of any snake oil salesman, which helps to explain why the Royal…

Big Tobacco and the smugglers: do you believe this conspiracy theory?

3 June 2015 19:04

In an information sheet on its website, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association draws a link between the illegal cigarette trade and prostitution,…

Health podcast special: does technology spell the end of the waiting room?

3 June 2015 14:30

Technology has the huge potential to transform the healthcare system. In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s Sebastian Payne discusses…

The anti-smoking pressure group whose wackiest ideas always become law

1 June 2015 19:30

Every few years, Action on Smoking and Health draws up a wish list of all the policies it would introduce…

The BBC swallows more fanatical nonsense from Action on Sugar

31 May 2015 15:15

Action on Sugar, the bastard offspring of Consensus Action on Salt, has noticed that dried fruit contains sugar. As with…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…

Why are ordinary British women blowing their savings on gruesome facelifts?

26 May 2015 15:29

A ‘jobless mother of four’ from Cumbria has jetted off to Budapest for another round of cosmetic surgery. Andrea Dalzell has…

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

25 May 2015 16:36

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…