Health
11 July 2005
Having recently retired from the National Health Service, I thought I might soon miss the work, particularly contact...
Business
10 January 2005
The hope of monetary compensation will worsen almost any medical symptoms. The deterioration usually occurs...
Society
29 November 2004
It is a law of public administration that the more administrators there are, the more administration there is to be...
Politics
18 October 2004
Everyone - everyone, that is, who is middle class, which is what counts in these matters - knows someone whose...
Economics
11 October 2004
Stapled to my hospital payslip each month is a glossy, expensively printed, eight-page propaganda leaflet from trust...
Society
27 September 2004
The organisation that the National Health Service most resembles is the Bolivian navy. That formidable force has no...
Books
20 September 2004
A universally respected consultant who recently retired from my hospital came to me and lamented that, when he first...
Human Rights
30 August 2004
Human rights, which are now so exciting both government and opposition, to say nothing of the lawyers, are funny things...
Health
09 August 2004
In the same week that David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, proposed that paedophiles be subjected to lie-detector tests...
Health
19 July 2004
I recently had a patient whom I thought it right to admit to a psychiatric hospital. As he was privately insured, and...
Society
28 June 2004
Every week or so I receive an evening telephone call from a credit card company offering to insure me, absolutely free...
Business
07 June 2004
Next to taxi drivers, second-hand book-sellers understand human life better than any other group of people I know....
Society
10 May 2004
With almost unfailing accuracy, the Benefits Agency seems to target my most deserving patients, first to torment them...
Health
05 April 2004
I don't think I would have been very pleased if my neurosurgery had been postponed because the surgeon who was going to...
Health
01 March 2004
Britain's relentless drive towards medical sub-mediocrity continues. An editorial in the British Medical Journal has...

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