NHS

Is 70 years of the NHS really something to celebrate?

5 July 2018 13:11

Seventy years ago, when the National Health Service was founded, the UK established the principle of universal access to healthcare.…

Why Whitehall is failing to solve the social care crisis

2 July 2018 19:23

The government’s cash boost for the NHS isn’t going to solve its problems. That’s the verdict of pretty much every…

Sunday shows round-up: NHS preparing for a no deal Brexit

1 July 2018 17:20

Simon Stevens: the NHS is making ‘significant preparations’ for no deal Brexit This morning Andrew Marr sat down for an…

Jeremy Hunt tells Tories that a ‘low taxes at all costs’ party would lose the next election

28 June 2018 21:23

In conversation with Andrew Neil at a Spectator event this evening, Jeremy Hunt defended the principle of increasing taxes to…

What is Jeremy Hunt up to?

25 June 2018 15:39

‘What you can see is someone who has the instincts of a Brexiteer, but the cautious pragmatism of a Remainer,…

Treasury X Factor: Tory MPs belatedly summoned to find the money for NHS pledge

21 June 2018 14:55

How do you find the money to pay for a £20bn NHS funding pledge? Usually such discussions – and eventual…

Why are NHS funding critics silent on Quantitative Easing?

19 June 2018 13:37

After the prime minister’s announcement that the NHS would be given a large boost in funding only partly paid for…

The ‘Brexit dividend’ for the NHS is Theresa May’s new Magic Money Tree

17 June 2018 10:19

So the Tories have, as The Spectator predicted last month, announced an extra £384 million a week for the National…

The NHS bus pledge could have a sting in the tail for the Tories

15 June 2018 11:14

Today’s newspapers have managed to catch up with our cover story from last month: Theresa May has agreed to a…

Change to visa rules shows May has learned from her recent immigration messes

14 June 2018 15:26

The government has finally climbed down on visa restrictions for foreign doctors and nurses, scrapping the cap on numbers who…

In defence of Love Island’s Dr Alex George

6 June 2018 12:42

Love it or hate it, you’re likely well aware that season four of Love Island launched on Monday night. The…

Can Ruth Davidson snap Theresa May out of her Brexit delusion?

30 May 2018 8:03

Ruth Davidson’s Glasgow speech is making headlines about the NHS because that’s where most political village attention is right now.…

The problem taxing the Tories

26 May 2018 10:46

Political Cabinet on Tuesday was treated to a polling presentation that highlighted the dilemma the Tories are facing. When voters…

The Spectator Podcast: Health Cheque

24 May 2018 14:06

In this week’s issue, the Spectator reveals that the government is planning a significant yearly increase in the NHS’s budget.…

Podcast: Why do we insist on worshipping the NHS?

15 May 2018 10:35

Nigel Lawson once wrote that ‘the National Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion’. It’s…

Capitalism won’t fix the NHS’s bureaucracy problem

14 May 2018 13:39

James Delingpole is right, of course, to extol the virtues of capitalism (‘We don’t deserve capitalism’, 5 May) but wrong…

If you want £10k at 25, you should have to compete for it

10 May 2018 22:41

Would it really be fairer, in an inter-generational sense, to whack an ‘NHS levy’ on pensioners while giving every 25-year-old…

Revealed: the truth about the latest NHS funding poll

16 April 2018 10:14

Last week there was an exclusive in the Times – widely followed up – revealing majority support for NHS-linked tax…

May announces NHS funding boost

27 March 2018 18:48

Who is the most powerful person in government at the moment? In normal times, the automatic answer would be the…

There isn’t as much consensus on NHS funding as you might think

26 March 2018 15:55

Is there really a cross-party consensus on tax rises for the health and social care system? A group of MPs…

The American tax system is a one-way street

14 March 2018 18:20

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It contrasts two…

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…

Donald Trump has got a point about the NHS

6 February 2018 11:19

Donald Trump has found himself in the midst of another international spat, fuelled this time by his attack on the…

We can have an efficient health service or one no one complains about. We can’t have both

24 January 2018 18:07

This piece first appeared in this week’s Spectator magazine.  Recently the NHS postponed a large number of non-urgent operations to…

Boris Johnson attending a Cabinet meeting

Boris is right about NHS funding – but he didn’t get his way today

23 January 2018 13:00

Cabinet today was not the dramatic showdown over NHS funding that some expected. Boris Johnson was, unsurprisingly given that Theresa…