NHS

The Tories need a plan for the NHS

20 January 2018 10:42

On Tuesday, the Cabinet will discuss the NHS and how it is coping with the winter crisis. But, as I…

A special NHS tax would be bonkers or a total fraud

19 January 2018 14:59

Some very clever people are rallying around the idea of a specific NHS tax partly because of what has been…

The case for more NHS cash is growing

16 January 2018 16:50

Theresa May likes to boast at Prime Minister’s Questions that mental health spending is increasing. The problem is that this…

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.…

Should we blame patients for the NHS crisis?

5 January 2018 16:37

The whose-fault-is-the-NHS-crisis game has taken some strange twists and turns this week, with the debate bouncing from patients costing the…

There’s a much bigger crisis in the NHS than the winter pressures

3 January 2018 17:39

Whose fault is the current NHS crisis? Today Jeremy Hunt apologised to patients whose operations have been cancelled as a…

It’s time to stop burying hard truths about the NHS

3 January 2018 14:32

The philosophy of the National Health Service, as stated on its website, is that ‘good healthcare should be available to…

Could cancer break the NHS?

14 December 2017 15:40

Could cancer break the NHS? This was the provocative title of a debate at the British Museum hosted by The…

Fixing social care is key to the future of the NHS

23 October 2017 8:46

On 12 September, The Spectator hosted a round-table dinner, sponsored by Bupa, to discuss the future of healthcare in Britain,…

Is the NHS open to new technology?

16 October 2017 17:39

At a dinner on Tuesday 26th September at the Spectator’s offices, sponsored by Philips, entrepreneurs, doctors and healthcare experts discussed…

Spectator Briefing: A new battle of ideas

29 September 2017 16:02

When I started out as a political journalist, I was always thrown by the word ‘policy’. To most people it…

Why is the UK’s supposedly impartial statistics watchdog joining the Boris-bashing?

17 September 2017 19:46

Okay, it’s a rainy Sunday, but surely the new chief of the UK Statistics Authority has better things to do…

Beyond the stethoscope: transforming the NHS with new technology

8 August 2017 10:20

For technology manufacturers, healthcare is already big business, and, with an ageing population increasingly comfortable with technologies that would’ve been…

The NHS is one year older, yet none the wiser

5 July 2017 16:14

The NHS is one year older, yet none the wiser. Having spiralled into perpetual crisis years ago, no one can…

Why do nurses quit? Because they care

3 July 2017 12:38

Sometimes, on Sundays, I visit Richard, a friend who’s 95 and lives alone. The idea originally was that I’d be…

The new Equalities Act only increases the risks for mental illness sufferers

20 May 2017 11:02

Mrs May promises to amend the Equalities Act to prevent employers from ‘unfairly’ dismissing those with mental disorders. It is…

The Spectator Podcast: The May manifesto

18 May 2017 15:30

On this week’s episode, we discuss Theresa May’s lurch to the left, the NHS’s looming crisis, and how Americans should talk…

The government has some big questions to answer over the NHS cyber-attack

12 May 2017 18:29

Are there any words which have such an affinity as ‘NHS’, ‘IT’ and ‘cock-up’? Older readers might remember how the…

Numbers 10 & 11 need to find a better way of working together

18 March 2017 10:34

Philip Hammond should be sending George Osborne a case of the finest claret. For Osborne’s decision to accept the editorship…

The Budget exposed a myth: people don’t want to pay more tax to fund the NHS

10 March 2017 16:31

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the debate on the increase in National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed is that…

Labour haven’t hit rock bottom yet

25 February 2017 10:35

Copeland was a truly awful result for Labour. But as I say in The Sun this morning, the really alarming…

What you need to know before buying health insurance for kids

23 February 2017 12:52

If you’ve had enough of battling to get the kids a doctor’s appointment, or don’t want them waiting months to…

Corbyn fumbled his NHS attack at today’s PMQs

22 February 2017 13:47

When Ed Miliband was asking the questions at PMQs, we didn’t think we were living through a vintage age of…

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…