The shock of the new
By Caroline Stagg - 14 January 16:04

In 1948, when the National Health Service was born, its structures were designed to provide reliable and comprehensive medical treatment for everyone, dealing with health emergencies and one-off illness.

Allowing the future to change us
By Paul Rodgers - 14 January 16:03

A culture in the NHS of risk aversion and maintaining
the status quo stops Britain adopting new te

Bad Idea: Non-donors get kebabbed
By Alyssa McDonald - 08 January 18:14

Israel's plan to allow would be-donors to jump the transplant queue is ethically dubious

The Tories' health plans are Robin Hood in reverse
By Jonn Elledge - 18 December 16:13

David Cameron may insist the Tories are now 'the party of the NHS' but their plans would leave the p

Faith, hope and clarity
By Sholto Byrnes - 17 December 7:06

The rate of HIV infection in Kenya is one of the highest in the world, but safer sex is at last bein

This isn’t just wine flu
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 December 5:47

Illness leaves me incapable of doing much more than lying in bed all day reading books. Plus ça chan

Bad idea: Textual health
By Alyssa McDonald - 26 November 5:41

Isn't there something odd about offering people a "talking therapy" to help them address their problems, but then delivering it in ways that involve no talking at all?

Close to our hearts
By Caroline Stagg - 12 November 9:46

Health care is a principle of enormous importance to a healthy society, and providing health care to all, free at the point of delivery, is enshrined in our National Health Service.

More for less
By Niall Dickson - 12 November 9:45

Faced with a gap in funding at the same time as growing
demand, can the NHS survive – let alone pr

Health reform beyond the hype
By Staff blogger - 12 November 9:44

How should services in the UK and US change, and what can they learn from each other?

The war for the poor
By Fran Abrams - 12 November 5:43

In the run-up to next year’s general election, poverty is back at the heart of political debate. In

Q&A: Duncan Bannatyne
By Sean Carey - 06 November 16:30

The entrepreneur discusses his philanthropy and anti-smoking campaigning

Linda-Gail Bekker - extended interview
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 November 10:10

A longer version of this week's NS interview

Drugs rows, Aids denial and the post
By Peter Wilby - 05 November 5:55

Legalising all drugs would raise billions in revenue

Good idea: Trust the experts
By Alyssa McDonald - 05 November 5:55

As contenders for the title "good idea" go, making a public speech denouncing government drug policy, when you are an adviser to the government on said policy, is not an obvious front-runner.

The NS Interview: Linda-Gail Bekker
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 November 5:55

“So many of our people live daily with the effects of HIV”

Happiness is U-shaped
By David Blanchflower - 05 November 5:55

Don't believe all you read suggesting that quality of life in the UK is rotten

You can’t handle the tooth
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 October 8:48

To the dentist. First with my eldest son, who has been complaining of pains that are like toothache, but are not exactly toothache.

A right pig’s ear
By Phil Whitaker - 08 October 6:46

The government panicked over the threat of swine flu – and got its response completely wrong

Drying out the swalliers
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 October 8:13

Scotland's reputation as a nation of "bevviers and swalliers", as the justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, put it, is under attack from the SNP.

Real Meals: I'm leavin' it
By Will Self - 01 October 8:13

Walking into the McDonald's on Oxford Street made me feel like Rip Van Winkle

People Power: the radiologist
By Staff blogger - 24 September 6:50

Who are you?
Dr Jacky Davis, consultant radiologist, member of the British Medical Association (BMA) Council, founder member of the Keep Our NHS Public campaign.

Hard times
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 August 8:40

Suicide rates rose at shocking speed after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 – and have done with each r

Cocaine madness
By Jeremy Sare - 06 August 9:11

Why do our politicians always use the word "scourge" when they talk about drugs?

Open wide. Say “argh”
By Samira Shackle - 30 July 9:03

The trials and tribulations of an emergency swine flu appointment

Pandemic's progress
By Michael Barrett - 23 July 13:00

Our scientific knowledge will ensure that the swine flu pandemic is no apocalypse.

Put a little spice in your box
By Ziauddin Sardar - 02 July 12:18

Viagra can now be bought over the counter at Boots. But hold on – look east and you will find far be

A garden of smoking pollen
By Sigrid Rausing - 11 June 13:12

After falling from her horse, the author suffered concussion – and suddenly the world became a place

Mosquitoes bite back
By Mike Barrett - 11 June 13:12

Observations on malaria

You’re not the boss of me
By Nicholas Lezard - 14 May 11:02

At my local pub, I am reminded that Britain is becoming
a vast public urinal monitored by cameras