Portrait of the week: Queen Camilla, a cabinet rejig and NHS waiting list warning

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Home In a message for the 70th anniversary of her accession, the Queen said it was her sincere wish that…

Revealed: how the NHS waiting list will hit 9.2 million

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Who really controls the NHS?

Downing Street’s growing problem

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In answers to questions following his statement in the Commons on Monday, Boris Johnson let drop an interesting statistic. He…

Why should I be sacked for refusing the Covid vaccine?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Why should I be sacked for refusing the Covid vaccine?

When did the anti-vaxx movement begin?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

No vax There is nothing new about the anti-vax crowds supporting Novak Djokovic. Organised protest in Britain began with the…

Masks in schools: how convincing is the government's evidence?

8 January 2022 6:00 pm

Why has the government changed its mind and asked children to wear masks in school? When Plan B was announced…

Boris Johnson rejects lockdown (again)

5 January 2022 5:27 am

Boris Johnson latest Covid press conference was slightly confusing. The Prime Minister spent nearly an hour saying nothing particularly new.…

How to cure what ails the NHS

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Wrong cure Sir: In referring to the UK as the highest-spending European nation in healthcare proportionate to GDP (‘Hospital pass’,…

Punishing the unvaccinated threatens everyone's liberty

9 December 2021 6:00 pm

How should we treat the unvaccinated? Should we stop them from participating in normal life? Castigate them in the media?…

The vaccine cheer is gone

19 November 2021 6:55 am

I am 45, which means I’ve now had my third Covid vaccine. The experience of getting that injection crystallises a…

Three little words that could cost Boris

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson knows the value of three-word slogans. ‘Take back control’ and ‘get Brexit done’ helped propel him to his…

Do you really need to see the GP in person?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Only later, perhaps even a decade later, as the pandemic of 2020-22 shrinks in our rear-view mirror, may we be…

No. 10 moves to kickstart the booster campaign

23 October 2021 10:12 am

In a move that as important as any in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Emily Lawson is returning to run the…

‘I’m entitled not to listen to Sage’: an interview with Sajid Javid

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Sajid Javid has big plans for the NHS – if Covid lets him

Boris should keep copying Blair

8 September 2021 10:05 pm

Having written here at least once before that Boris Johnson is the heir to Blair, my first thought on the Prime…

It’s time for NHS GPs to stop hiding behind their telephones

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nye Bevan famously said that he was only able to persuade family doctors to support the creation of the NHS…

Why shouldn’t we worship the NHS?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

For obvious reasons, stocks in ex-editors of The Spectator are experiencing an all-time low. But my own complaint is with…

Will Covid turn into the common cold?

9 August 2021 7:32 am

Many experts and modellers thought that the 19 July reopening would be a disaster. So far, that has not been…

What the NHS pay rise says about Boris Johnson's priorities

23 July 2021 3:03 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Two days ago, a leaked report revealed that the government was considering using a national insurance…

Can Boris and his ministers agree on the point of the Covid app?

21 July 2021 7:51 am

What is the point of the Covid-19 app? Ministers seem to be as in the dark about the answer to…

Is Boris brave enough to confront the truth about the NHS?

20 July 2021 10:30 pm

If a government does not wish to break a manifesto promise it should punt fewer such ‘promises’ into its manifesto.…

The cold reality facing Sajid Javid

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The most difficult time for a new secretary of state is normally the first three months in the job. An…

Letters: The case for an NHS card

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A new prescription Sir: It is maddening to see the British people being refused face-to-face GP appointments and subjected to…

My medical embarrassments are my business and no one else’s

19 June 2021 9:00 am

While we were looking forward to Freedom Day, the National Health Service was busy planning something extra special to coincide…

Why are GPs still not seeing patients in person?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The GP won’t see you now