Could Ozempic bankrupt the NHS?

1 June 2024 9:00 am

The NHS spends around £6.5 billion every year treating obesity. People who are overweight cost the health service twice as…

The Spectator’s letters page is hazardous

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Question time Sir: Your leading article ‘Sense prevails’ (13 April) is a valuable précis of the Cass Review into NHS…

Will I ever get my HRT?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The novelty of living in a place where a policeman called Ambrose lives in a house whose door you can…

I want to see a doctor – not do another NHS survey

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Nye Bevan did not make old bones, and perhaps that’s just as well. According to a recent British Social Attitudes…

Common sense prevails in the gender debate

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The publication this week of the Cass Review into gender-identity services for young people marks a welcome return to reason…

Are conspiracy theories just conspiracy therapy?

6 April 2024 9:00 am

At the Centre for Rare Diseases, the car park was full and lots of people were milling about. I pulled…

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…