Sneezes & Sinophobia

BY ANASTASIA CHOO I am British-born Chinese. I am the second-generation daughter of Hong Kong immigrants who came over to the UK in the 1960’s and set up a successful business. My sisters and I grew up in leafy Hertfordshire and attended state schools where we were subjected to the occasional joke but didn’t suffer too badly from racism as people took us for who … Continue reading Sneezes & Sinophobia

American Hospital Any Day

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE “Lessons will be learnt” – Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, 2017 “We will obviously have to learn lessons”– Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Health Minister, 2013. “Lessons will be learnt to ensure it never happens again” – Nadine Dorries, Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 2019. I’d like to preface this glorified rant by testifying that it is not my wish to see … Continue reading American Hospital Any Day

Countryside Helps Mental Health

BY NICK PEARCE One interesting development yesterday on Mental Health Day was how the countryside was being touted as the route out of depression and back to good health. Nature “prescriptions” by GPs could be a cheaper way to improve the UK’s mental health, a pioneering new study found – research conducted by Leeds Beckett University found that swapping regular prescriptions for nature activities could … Continue reading Countryside Helps Mental Health

4 Rounds

BY ANDREW MOODY Yesterday I had my fourth bout of ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) – so-called because they pass an electrical current through your brain while you are unconscious. Where I once tried to put a positive spin on it, I am now firmly against the procedure, owing to irritability, confusion and memory loss that does not look like fading away – not to mention … Continue reading 4 Rounds

Catalan Runny Nose Zapper

Into a pan, pour 3/4 litre of red wine, brought almost to boiling (wait till it is moving and steaming.) Remove from heat, throw in 2 good handfuls of thyme, 6 table spoons of honey, 6 table spoons of lemon juice, a rounded tea-spoon of ground nutmeg, a chunk of ginger root, chopped. Stir briskly, return to heat until ‘moving’ again, then remove from heat, … Continue reading Catalan Runny Nose Zapper

Depression Sufferers Should Man Up?

BY JON ALEXANDER You’ll be surprised to learn that Piers Morgan put his foot in it again.  This time regarding Mental Health. The tweet below is what caused the latest online outrage: Morgan’s tweet provoked someone to comment that considering how high male suicide rates are, this was a rather c**tish thing to say. I’m with that tweeter. However, my first thoughts weren’t really about … Continue reading Depression Sufferers Should Man Up?

Suffer Little Children

BY MANDY BALDWIN Great Ormond Street Hospital are not exactly covering themselves with glory over the case of Charlie Gard, the little boy whose parents have been ordered to let him die, despite treatment being available.  In fact, so great is the apparent damage to GOSH’s image, I wouldn’t even be surprised if custodians of the J. M. Barrie estate are considering their options. The … Continue reading Suffer Little Children