Health

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,…

7 Jan 2015

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…

7 Jan 2015

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…

7 Jan 2015

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…

6 Jan 2015

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…

31 Dec 2014

A reliable obesity survey? Fat chance

More excellent news for Team UK. Apparently we are now the second fattest people in Europe – and are rapidly…

29 Dec 2014

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,…

24 Dec 2014

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…

10 Dec 2014

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…

8 Dec 2014

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,…

6 Dec 2014

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.…

6 Dec 2014

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…

5 Dec 2014

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…

2 Dec 2014

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…

27 Nov 2014

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…

22 Nov 2014

Banished from Nod

My morning conversation with my partner routinely begins: ‘Did you sleep?’ In response, by phone, by text or at close…

22 Nov 2014

How I joined the gym cult

Something strange is happening to me. Instead of starting this piece, I have spent ten minutes exercising on my kitchen…

22 Nov 2014
Gym won’t fix it: 3 per cent of people become less fit through exercising

Relax, it may never happen

You could have the sculpted physique of David Gandy or Madonna if only you exercised enough, couldn’t you? (Or something…

22 Nov 2014

Yuletide perils

The jolly celebrations which we enjoy each mid-winter are derived from the Roman festival of Saturnalia — a time of…

BRCA yourself

Since the announcement by Angelina Jolie of her preventative breast cancer surgery last year, newspapers have been awash with further…

22 Nov 2014
Best lay off the herring and yeast extract, dear. Picture: Getty Images

You don’t need to be posh to get gout…

Diagnosing gout in a patient this week — much to his disgust — I was tempted to remind him that…

22 Nov 2014

Super-local dining

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

22 Nov 2014

Editor’s letter

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

22 Nov 2014

Cancer isn’t calling

I should preface this piece with a warning: I may be wrong. Perhaps, some day, greybeards will speak in dire…

22 Nov 2014

Percentage error

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

22 Nov 2014
Grayshott Spa Surrey

The road to wellville

In recent years the trend for detox programmes has flourished, with hotels and medi-spas quick to cash in on the…

22 Nov 2014