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Coronavirus can help us confront the uncomfortable truth about death

30 March 2020 10:13 pm

In recent years, I’ve been thinking about the right way to die, having been with my late wife Sian Busby…

How will the ‘war’ on coronavirus change Britain?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In the past ten days we have seen the greatest expansion of state power in British history. The state has…

On the NHS front line, we’re braced for what’s coming

28 March 2020 9:00 am

The fight against coronavirus has only just begun

Will the NHS drop its trans obsession when peak coronavirus hits?

15 March 2020 12:08 am

As coronavirus sweeps across the country, I am sure people will be reassured to know that the NHS is doing…

My night in A&E left me worried about the NHS’s coronavirus response

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I wish I shared the Prime Minister’s confidence about the ability of the NHS to cope with coronavirus. ‘I have…

An open letter to the friend who dropped me after Question Time

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I’ve put off sending a private email that’s been ready to go for weeks. Then last Sunday, I read Julie…

Is it possible to have a touch of coronavirus?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Nice of the NHS to send an advisory text about coronavirus, because I was wondering. Is it possible to have…

I’ve never seen a film like it: Ordinary Love reviewed

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Ordinary Love stars Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson as a long-married couple whose lives are disrupted when she is diagnosed…

To solve Britain’s social care crisis, follow the Dutch example

12 October 2019 9:00 am

More than a decade ago, four Dutch nurses decided something needed to be done about their country’s care in the…

How many people have swum the Channel?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Journey’s end Holidaymakers are being flown home after travel company Thomas Cook failed. The idea might have horrified the company’s…

Watching Stephen Fry was like being in the presence of a god

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Stephen Fry lies prone on an empty stage. A red ball rolls in from the wings and bashes him in…

How Boris can make the extra cash for the NHS really count

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It would be daft for someone to offer you £1.8 billion and you turn it down. That sort of money…

I’m a doctor, and tried the new GP app. My experience was terrifying

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Everyone agrees something dramatic has to be done to help the NHS. It is crumbling and the canary in the…

‘I just kept getting turned down and turned down’: Catherine Foster

From the NHS to Bayreuth: Norman Lebrecht talks to midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Every summer for the past six years, Bayreuth has risen to its feet to acclaim an English Brünnhilde. Catherine Foster,…

Is your doctor faking it?

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Last October, Phil Coleman, a journalist on the Carlisle-based News & Star, went to cover the trial of Zholia Alemi,…

Playing chicken: Trade deals with the US will make Britain stronger

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Why is it that free trade, which almost everyone agrees is good when conducted with other European countries, suddenly becomes…

Proton therapy: Cancer revolution or costly white elephant?

8 June 2019 9:00 am

It’s Asco week in Chicago: the biggest meeting of clinical oncologists in the world. McCormick Place convention centre, the largest…

The NHS clearly wishes I would just naff off

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The receptionist fixed me with a withering stare. I had just filled out a repeat prescription form and politely inquired…

The NHS’s CBT mailshot is a scandal

4 May 2019 9:00 am

A leaflet came through my door from the NHS inviting me to take part (if that is the right term)…

Letters: The Brexit chaos isn’t David Cameron’s fault

6 April 2019 9:00 am

About the Bible Sir: I was confirmed by Richard Holloway as a schoolboy at Fettes College, and then taught by…

Arthritis, nerve pain and chronic fatigue: my life with Lyme disease

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Some medical experts claim that Lyme disease is worse than cancer. It’s not a competition, but I do know one…

The massive NHS plan to record every single person’s DNA

2 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Gene test for sale on NHS,’ blared the headlines last weekend, sparking some anxiety and confusion. The story is that…

Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman in Jimmy McGovern's Care. Photo: BBC / LA Productions / Dan Prince

Could it be that Jimmy McGovern was getting into the festive spirit? No… Care reviewed

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Jimmy McGovern’s one-off drama Care (BBC1, Sunday 9 December) began with a loving grandmother called Mary having a lovely time…

Education, spiritual guidance and a good cappuccino: the new face of the NHS

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Left at the Dementia Café, right at the Sleep Office, past the Spiritual Care Centre… This was my journey through…

History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop

10 November 2018 9:00 am

We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit…