16 January 2008

Would you donate your body to Gordon Brown?

The PM now wants a system of ‘presumed consent’ to provide more organs for transplant. Yet it was his government obsession with consent that exacerbated the problem in the first place.

14 January 2008

Prevention is better than cure? Not necessarily

ESSAY: A leading cancer expert says Gordon Brown’s disease-screening initiative could cause unnecessary distress and diminish autonomy.

Healthy in mind and body… what about spirit?

For Aristotle, health meant a ‘flourishing life’. Today, with Brown’s offer of bodily screening, health has been reduced to mere animal fitness.

The Doublespeak of the Darzi review

An interim report on the future of the National Health Service is based on a profound misunderstanding of Britain’s current ‘health crisis’.

1 October 2007

In defence of scientific medicine

The government should give medical practitioners the tools to practice evidence-based medicine - and then leave them alone.

Dumbing down doctors

At last, Britain’s shambolic jobs website for young doctors has collapsed. But it was only a symptom of the sickness afflicting medical training.

21 February 2007

Can you trust NHS Direct?

Following a strange incident involving toddlers, Tixylix and a visit from the authorities, one family has its doubts.

Big Pharma: a paper tiger?

From Hollywood to the broadsheets, drugs companies are depicted as evil monsters, convincing healthy people that they're sick. But they didn't create these 'worried well'.

6 January 2006

Choice on the sickbed

New Labour's new Patient Choice initiative suggests it doesn’t know the meaning of the c-word.

15 December 2005

Treating doctors like murder suspects

The trial of Dr Howard Martin shows how the process of dying is becoming a sordid battleground.