In search of a second epiphany

16 December 2023 9:00 am

Rishi’s smoking ban inspired me to light a cigarette

28 October 2023 9:00 am

What has Rishi Sunak’s government achieved in its first year? The highlights include a renegotiated Brexit policy and setting more…

How do I know I’m an adult? I’m given unsolicited feedback

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Adulthood was once determined by age, but now we’ve extended childhood far beyond the teenage years. If the government gets its…

Could I be pregnant?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

At the age of 59 I thought it was time to get my body thoroughly examined. So last week I…


9 September 2023 9:00 am

Why won’t my British friends see a GP?

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Having lived in the United Kingdom for almost my whole adult life, I like to think I’m well assimilated. I…

Letters: The Lucy Letby killings shouldn’t mean we lose trust in all NHS managers

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Murder mystery Sir: I once made a diagnosis of a very rare condition too late to cure the patient. She…

Why can’t NHS managers spot a serial killer?

26 August 2023 9:00 am

No one who has paid any attention to NHS scandals over the past few decades should be at all surprised…


19 August 2023 9:00 am

How the Tories plan to take the fight to Labour on the NHS

14 August 2023 1:58 am

Brace yourselves for health week. After the rip-roaring success of the government’s ‘stop the boats’ week, you might forgive the…

Testosterone transformed my life. Why won’t GPs prescribe it?

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Where’s my testosterone?!


15 July 2023 9:00 am


1 July 2023 9:00 am

How to bag the best spot in the supermarket car park

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Our local Sainsbury’s, though admirable in every other way, has a slightly inflated estimate of the disabled population of Seven-oaks,…

Why Sunak backtracked over fines for missed GP appointments

28 October 2022 11:37 pm

Not surprisingly, Rishi Sunak has dropped plans to fine NHS patients £10 for missed appointments. It was one of the…

Letters: The case for legalising cannabis

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Paying the price Sir: Lionel Shriver’s piece about university standards rang true to me (‘University is supposed to be hard’,…

Why can’t I give blood?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

I read about the national shortage of blood last week with a feeling of gloomy inevitability. The brains of the…

Has the pandemic made us appreciate nature more?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Out to grass If Liz Truss is forced out of office (and doesn’t also resign her parliamentary seat as Tony…

Liz Truss can’t ignore the issue of NHS reform

10 September 2022 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of any Prime Minister who has entered office surrounded by such low expectations. Liz Truss was…

It’s time for some home truths, Rishi

3 September 2022 9:00 am

I wonder how many people in the country are bitterly disappointed that Liz Truss pulled out of her exciting one-to-one…

We still love our failing NHS

29 August 2022 8:00 pm

A new poll about the NHS, the Sunday Times tells us, has discovered ‘a decline in support’ for the National…

Letters: How to reform the GMC

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Overhaul the GMC Sir: Max Pemberton’s cogent criticism of the GMC (‘Unfit for purpose’, 20 August). is one of the…

A four-way race between poet, actor, video artist and sound engineer: Edinburgh Festival's Burn reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

In a new hour-long monologue, Burn, Alan Cumming examines the life and work of Robert Burns. The biographical material is…

Finally, some justice for the infected blood scandal's victims

17 August 2022 9:34 pm

Why has the greatest patient scandal in the history of the NHS rumbled on for so long before its victims…