To enjoy all the benefits of our website
Phil Whitaker is a GP and the New Statesman’s medical editor. His books include Chicken Unga Fever: Stories from the Medical Frontline (Salt)
Why the round-the-clock helpline is a false economy.
Everyone undertaking immunisation sessions is aware they are saving lives. For Frank’s astute vaccinator, this was doubly true.
By refusing to adjust the roadmap is Boris Johnson repeating past mistakes?
I’ve never seen a case of polio, and it’s all thanks to immunisation.
A year ago, Covid was considered a binary disease: recovery or death. But for 10 per cent of those infected, symptoms can persist for months.
No one gives a second thought to the dangers of driving to a vaccination centre, yet that is a far more significant risk than blood clots.
Why Boris Johnson’s insistence that the UK’s unlocking is “irreversible” is a risky one.
Measures such as testing, masks and social distancing cannot keep individuals “safe”; they simply dampen Covid-19 rates by interrupting some chains of transmission.
Headaches provoked by sex affect about 1 per cent of people at some time. But, fortunately, the problem disappears as mysteriously as it arrives.
None of us GPs and nurses have been thanked so often and so fulsomely.