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  • A distinguished doctor tells the truth about the sickly state of the NHS
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    He may be the high priest of one of Britain's more powerful vested interests, but Sir Anthony Grabham, the new president of the British Medical Association, speaks with some authority on the parlous state of the National Health Service. In his ina...

  • The case for dealing with this heinous crime in a special way
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    The acquittal of the snooker player Quinten Hann on a charge of rape has once again raised the question of anonymity for women who accuse men of this crime. That is understandable; it does seem unfair that women are protected from publicity in suc...

  • Why London needs help
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    The Government should be applauded for its decision to appoint a commissioner to improve standards in London's schools. It is odd perhaps that it hasn't done something before. The problems in the capital are unique. The high cost of living makes it i...

  • Anthony Grabham: Is the cure in sight for the NHS?
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    I note with real sadness that equity of access to care, which was one of the great aims of the NHS, today frequently means equity of access to poor or indifferent services unless, of course, you happen to be one of the growing numbers of private ...

  • Susan Bassnett: How can intellectuals be so unreasonable?
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    Different cultures have perceived the role of intellectuals in different ways. At times writers, thinkers and academics have been seen as subversive figures – persecuted, even executed by a repressive state; while at other times they have been seen a...

  • Break point
    Wednesday, 3 July 2002

    The behaviour of the crowds at Wimbledon is becoming increasing partisan, xenophobic and, frankly, unacceptable. No one in their right mind would want to bring back the old days of skirts below the knee and audience participation limited to a pol...

  • We can't cure Aids, but we can try to prevent its spread
    Wednesday, 3 July 2002

    The latest Unicef report on HIV/ Aids presents a frightening vision for the world. According to the agency, more than 40 million people worldwide have Aids, and it will kill 70 million people over the next 20 years unless the rich nations of the w...

  • Estelle Morris is in danger of blotting her copybook with this daft proposal
    Wednesday, 3 July 2002

    The Government is in danger of getting carried away in its determination to crack down on parents who threaten or abuse teaching staff. Yesterday, the new junior minister Stephen Twigg said the Government should look at excluding from school the c...

  • More wheezes from the nation's headteacher
    Wednesday, 3 July 2002

    Estelle Morris is not content with being Secretary of State for Education. In addition she wants to be the headteacher of all 25,000 state schools. This week has seen yet more central direction from Whitehall in the losing battle to micro-manage v...

  • Bob Geldof has joined the forces of pessimism
    Wednesday, 3 July 2002

    Like every other semi-sentient inhabitant of the globe, I regard Sir Bob Geldof as a proper saint. Like Jesus with an Irish accent. So I was depressed to discover this week that he is to expend some of that sacred capital on a cause as tawdry and...

  • Alan Milburn: Patients must come first
    Wednesday, 3 July 2002

    The last few years have seen more staff coming into the NHS, but there are still staff shortages. This is particularly the case with doctors in certain key specialities. That is why, in recent months, we have embarked on a major drive to recruit ...

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