NHS

Public health campaigns may prolong lives. But save money? That’s fiction

There is a common misconception that public health initiatives save money in the long run by preventing healthcare costs further…

smoke-free NHS

For many, a ‘truly smoke-free NHS’ would be an act of cruelty

Public Health England has announced plans to persuade NHS trusts to ban smoking on all their premises in an effort…

heart surgeons

The shaming of heart surgeons: how politics brought a proud profession low

During training and the early years of my consultant career, cardiac surgery was a pioneering profession. We developed techniques and…

bed blocker

A ‘bed blocking’ crisis threatens the NHS. Here’s how to fix it

The NHS is the victim of its own success. Every patient whose life it saves and patches up is a…

My plight in Poland: why it’s best not to fall ill in the EU

After one length of the hotel pool I realised I’d forgotten my earplugs. I got out, but it was already…

passport

Passport checks at hospitals: it’s hard to see how it could work

‘Every NHS patient could be asked to show their passport before they receive healthcare,’ ran the stories yesterday. They reported…

After decades of seemingly perpetual crisis, can the NHS survive?

We talk to health professionals and campaigners about the furture of the health service

Ignore the NHS propaganda: fat people aren’t to blame for its soaring costs

Of all the attempts of NHS mandarins to blame patients for the spiralling costs of their bureaucratic leviathan, Simon Stevens’…

Weight loss surgery works. Why is the NHS so reluctant to offer it?

Weight loss surgery should be made more freely available on the NHS, according to a report in the British Medical…

Slim down to save the NHS

Treating obesity-related diabetes will leave the health service bankrupt unless we all shape up soon