Health

Medical emergency: general practice is broken

4 June 2022 9:00 am

General practice is broken

Monkeypox, Covid and the trouble with our species

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I hate to be one of those columnists who says ‘I told you so’. But I told you so. Looking…

The truth about Britain’s Covid deaths

14 May 2022 9:00 am

There has been a considerable hoo-hah in the press about the recent World Health Organisation report estimating Covid-related deaths internationally…

The march of the ‘menosplainers’

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The march of the ‘menosplainers’

Are we falling out of love with the NHS?

30 March 2022 9:20 pm

Clap for carers now feels like ancient history. Public satisfaction with the NHS is at its lowest since 1997, according…

The cancer care timebomb that desperately needs to be fixed

13 March 2022 7:00 pm

As many as 100,000 patients had a cancer that was missed, or had their diagnoses or treatments delayed during the…

The delicate business of writing poetry

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Living, as Clive James put it, under a life sentence, and having refused chemotherapy, I find I respond to the…

Did Storm Eunice really break records?

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Blow by blow Did Storm Eunice really set a new record for wind speed in England? A 122 mph gust…

The healing power of medieval austerity

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Eighty yards west of the high terrace where I’ve sat for three weeks recuperating is a hospice built for Napoleon’s…

I got Covid (again) – is it time I got jabbed?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I got Covid a couple of weeks ago. Second time for me, which was annoying because I’d told Caroline that…

The best podcasts about money

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Stories about money are never about money. They are about pain, about family, about atrocity, about luck, about health, about…

Do you really need to see the GP in person?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Only later, perhaps even a decade later, as the pandemic of 2020-22 shrinks in our rear-view mirror, may we be…

Do we want the nanny state tracking our every step?

25 October 2021 11:00 pm

The best thing that can be said about the government’s latest anti-obesity scheme is that it’s cheap. For now. The…

Why did we decide that Covid was over?

25 October 2021 12:45 pm

Look, I don’t know much epidemiology. Can’t pretend to. So what follows is, necessarily, a personal finger to the wind.…

‘I’m entitled not to listen to Sage’: an interview with Sajid Javid

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Sajid Javid has big plans for the NHS – if Covid lets him

Boris Johnson and the Tory identity crisis

2 October 2021 12:01 pm

The Tory conference in Manchester will be a relatively muted affair. In part, this is because — as I say…

There’s one upside to having Parkinson’s disease

2 October 2021 9:00 am

I am just back from my final salmon fishing trip of the year. I have never had a worse season…

End of the line: it’s time to rethink the queue

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s time to rethink the queue

Am I alone in not wanting to download the Covid app?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

As I begin, I’m tortured by the doo-do-doo-do of The Twilight Zone’s theme music. I’ve hurtled back in time. Suddenly…

Sajid Javid: My isolation diary

24 July 2021 9:00 am

You always remember when a prime minister calls you to ask you to take on a new role, and you…

Organic food isn’t better for us – or the environment

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The case against organic food

What did the Romans ever do for us?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is planning to install a statue of John Chilembwe in Trafalgar Square. Mr Chilembwe…

Why are GPs still not seeing patients in person?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The GP won’t see you now

How does the ‘red wall’ story end?

15 May 2021 9:00 am

At Redwall Abbey Does fiction provide any guide as to the ultimate fate of Labour’s Red Wall? — Redwall Abbey…

Hospital wards are filling up again – with fakers

24 April 2021 9:00 am

As Covid retreats, the malingerers are making a comeback