News & Analysis

Is the NHS ‘crisis’ too complex for politicians to solve?

Is the NHS in crisis, or isn’t it? Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want to use the word, telling the Today programme…

How not to be taken for a mug by misleading health stories this New Year

The Christmas/New Year period is always fun for health balls. Because we like drinking lots of wine and eating lots…

It’s not just Poland. UK ambulance chiefs have considered hiring paramedics from China

Déjà lu is a symptom that affects all Spectator subscribers after a while: the feeling that, when reading the newspapers,…

Who privatised Hinchingbrooke hospital? And does it matter?

When it comes to rows about the NHS, these days it doesn’t rain, it pours. In fact, fights between the…

Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham’s NHS battle heats up

Two politicians unashamedly and eternally at one another’s throats are Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham, scrapping over who cares more…

Tories attack Nigel Farage over breastfeeding remarks

Ukip’s crisis is the Conservatives’ gain. Following Nigel Farage’s comments about ‘ostentatious’ breastfeeding, Conservative HQ have been promoting this graphic online,…

I’m with Farage on breastfeeding – we need to take on the frenzied glorification of motherhood

Let’s get one thing straight. Women have been bringing up children perfectly happily for centuries without breastfeeding them in Claridges.…

Nigel Farage: Women should avoid ‘ostentatious’ breastfeeding

Nigel Farage has waded into the row about a mother being asked to cover up while breastfeeding her baby by…

Surgical league tables: no, thank you

After the Bristol Heart Scandal in the 1990’s, the speciality of cardiac surgery rose to the occasion, leading the way…

Want to stay warm this winter? Then get naked, wear mittens and tuck into a curry

Brrr, getting chilly out there, isn’t it? Here are some proven – and perhaps surprising – ways to keep warm…

Super-local dining

Do you remember noni juice? No? Let me help you out. Noni, an exotic fruit, was proclaimed a superfood about…

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the latest issue of Spectator Health. For our cover story we have the brilliant Professor Allyson Pollock writing…

Percentage error

Medicine is a science, but not an exact one. Despite its inexactitude, however, its progress has been startling, and no…

John Hurt in Ethiopia with the children and staff members of Project Harar

These kids can be mocked, bullied, even stoned, kept away from school, sent into the wilds

Prepare yourself for what you are about to see, I tell myself, waiting for the night flight to Ethiopia —…

Check up

  You’re still switched on while you sleep For years it has been thought that the brain is relatively inactive…

How we can improve our way of death

Of the 500,000 people who die in England each year, about half die in hospital. Many of these people have…

Seven good reasons why you should avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics

Thanks to Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics put an end to a world where people died from the…

The Daily Mail is wrong — homeopathy can’t cure Ebola

Normally this blog is about relatively silly things, I’m happy to admit. Is red wine good for you? (No.) Are…