It is with admiration that we greet the decision by Jeremy Paxman to donate his brain for research into Parkinson’s disease. He will join a distinguished club that includes Lenin, Einstein and the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Anatole France.
Last summer, for the 60th anniversary of the NHS, the Nuffield Trust published a book in which key former secretaries of state for health gave their views as to whether the NHS should "rejuvenate or retire". There was considerable consensus on four particular points.
Is there a case for a government-funded health service in the 21st century?
There are three timeless questions around which the debate on our healthcare system is likely to be conducted for the next 60 years, as it was for the past 60. How will we pay for it? On what will we spend the money? How do we achieve better value for that money?