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The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

Private companies can deliver exactly what the NHS needs

The end of the private management of Hinchingbrooke Hospital is not a dagger in the heart of NHS competition and…

When the NHS is treated like a religion, is it any wonder whistleblowers are considered pariahs?

I will start by publicly apologising to Professor Meirion Thomas; in a moment of folly, I erroneously signed a petition…

A & E just saved my son’s life. Let’s not forget how important it is

We were lucky. The ambulance came in half an hour. By then my teenage son Edward was unconscious. He’d had…

PMQs: Playing Punch and Judy with the NHS

Today’s PMQs was, predictably, about the NHS. But the Punch and Judy nature of the session seemed particularly small in…

Labour seeks urgent question on A&E crisis

Andy Burnham has put in a request for an urgent question on the A&E crisis, I have learned. The question,…

How will Ed Miliband use the A&E crisis at PMQs?

Towards the end of 2014, David Cameron was finding PMQs ‘boring’. He knew that it was turning into a session…

The A&E crisis must be all my fault, obviously

A preview of Hugo Rifkind’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… Oh, I see. So it’s my fault. There…

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…