Don’t tinker with the NHS. Completely rethink it

Why do both the right and left champion Britain’s health system when it remains inefficient, bureaucratic and sometimes inhumane?

6 June 2011

It shouldn’t be treason to criticise the NHS

Until we stop treating the NHS with reverence, we'll never have an honest discussion about improving healthcare.

Save our National Health Service? Why, exactly?

Given the contempt with which the NHS treats ordinary people, it’s no wonder they aren’t lining up with the ‘Save our NHS’ lobby.

20 May 2010

Turning clinicians into state apparatchiks

A survey asking medical staff to rate the coolness of leaders like Hitler was naff – but so is the entire ‘leadership agenda’.

17 November 2009

Undermining nursing care by degrees

The proposal that nurses in England should be university graduates will further reduce the level of basic nursing skills.

17 August 2009

America’s health wars

The backlash against Obama’s modest healthcare reforms is born from the fear of an uncertain future and a distrust of the political class.

17 August 2009

Health wars: six myths about the NHS debate

The support for a Twitter campaign backing the UK health service has little to do with the merits of state-run medicine.

19 May 2009

Mystery shoppers: snooping on the NHS

The covert monitoring of public-sector staff will damage morale, and do little to provide decent public services.

9 January 2009

Putting snobbery on hold

The ban on mobile phones in hospitals had nothing to do with safety. It was born of a sniffish disdain for the oiks who use them.

17 December 2008

The wrong diagnosis

The ‘doctor-turned-terrorist’ has convinced many that it’s too easy for foreigners to join the NHS. In fact, it’s too hard.