NHS

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…

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…