The NHS is consistently excellent in some of what it does. Overall, as the Commonwealth Fund International Ranking testifies, it performs very well if compared to equivalent services overseas. But, there are huge unjustified regional variations in the effectiveness of the NHS within the UK in services such as the treatment of diabetes.
An EU law has just come into force that may shake up the NHS more than any political party has ever been able to do. The Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross-border Healthcare gives the right to any EU citizen to get healthcare in any other EU Member State - and their local health authority must pay the bill.
Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.
Health workers in developing countries face challenges that are often taken for granted in the developed world, but new technologies have the potential to become leap frog solutions that address such barriers.
Prescriptions have been free in some countries within the United Kingdom for a number of years, however with budget cuts, should NHS prescription charges be abolished in England?
The north-south divide is a powerful trope within popular English culture and it's also evident within the country's health. A recent report by Public Health England showed that between 2009 and 2011, people in Manchester were more than twice as likely to die early (455 deaths per 100,000) compared to people living in Wokingham (200 deaths per 100,000)...
My cabbie is well informed and I'm impressed. It's true I have asked his opinion of the extraordinary events which were taking place in this country, but once the subject is broached his response is erudite and I'm with him...
Left or right? Ten per cent of people in a recent poll thought that Nigel Farage was left wing. Let's take a look at some of Ukip's policies and perhaps those polled and the media commentariat might re-consider their stereotypical view of us...
Providing any kind of therapy in this frenzied environment is not possible. Admitting someone in a fragile mental state into this siege atmosphere means you are only arranging an admittance to prevent suicide or harm to others, rather than offering help to the mentally ill in need of care. You have become a form of warder, not a clinician.
Poor access to primary care is one of the biggest problems plaguing the NHS. Getting an appointment with a GP or accessing primary care remotely is not easy. GPs play an important role as the gatekeepers to wider services in the NHS.
What is clear is that the current system is not working, which is why the Government is right to look at changes across the board to restrict 'benefit tourism'. The British public are asking how it can be fair that a non-British EU national can take advantage of the UK's generous welfare system despite never having contributed in return and so this Government is taking action to address these concerns.
What we do know is that IPF can affect adults of all ages, and that it often kills with devastating speed: barely half those diagnosed with IPF are still alive three years later, and just one in five will survive five years.
The drain on our NHS resources for dealing with inebriated people exceeds £2.7billion every year. Why should our doctors and nurses have to deal with aggressive or paralytic drunks night after night, when their skills should be utilized for patients who genuinely need their care? Why should our police have to undertake double shifts to watch over drunks for 24 hours in a cell?
"This is a 10-minute appointment," the GP said firmly. The implication was clear: he didn't have time to look at the growth on my dad's head. Three months later, Dad was dead. The lumps were cancer that had spread from his lungs...
Patients across the country are increasingly being switched from familiar brand name medications that they have taken for years, to carbon copy medications known as generics. These generics are intended to contain the same active ingredients as the original drug with the same chemical structures and mode of action.
It is a disservice to Bevan's creation and a public outrage to the people of Wales that Labour can be so complacent with our NHS. What compounds this arrogance is that Labour has clearly learnt absolutely nothing from the Mid-Staffordshire debacle.