Henry Marsh announces advanced cancer, joins 56 MPs and peers in calling for assisted...

Acclaimed neurosurgeon and bestselling author Dr Henry Marsh has revealed he may well have only a short time left to live, after being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Prompted by his diagnosis, he has...

Government must ‘put its money where its mouth is’

  The government has announced a new Office for Health Promotion aimed at tackling health problems by inspiring healthier lifestyles. The health charity King’s Fund has welcomed the announcement, but warned that the “rhetoric needs to...

‘Talk To Us As People’ – Government to end use of ‘BAME’ term

The Conservative government are due to announce that they will no longer use the term ‘BAME’. This comes following the racial disparity commission’s expected findings that the word is “unhelpful and redundant”. Sunder Katwala, director...

Vaccine certificates are ‘ID cards on steroids’  

It seems increasingly clear that vaccine certificates are about to be introduced. Ministers have denied it, of course. In December, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said “that’s not being planned”. In January, health secretary...

‘Golden age’ for pension scams

Stephen Timms, head of the parliamentary committee for work and pensions, has warned that we are in a “golden age” of pension scams. This is largely down to more people needing to access pensions...

Week in Review: The Ever Given shows chaos is only ever one gust of...

The economic damage started as soon as the Japanese-owned cargo ship Ever Given became stranded sideways in the Suez Canal on Tuesday. Every day it stays stuck there, around £7bn of goods are held...

Dignity or dirt: The refugee paradox

Priti Patel, in setting out her New Plan for Immigration this week said that our European neighbours need to do more to deal with asylum seekers and that, with them, we have a ‘collective...

Humanists UK comment on Batley Grammar School Muhammad controversy

Controversy has erupted after a teacher showed pupils an image or images of Muhammad in a lesson at Batley Grammar School on Monday. This led to Muslim parents protesting outside the school yesterday and...

Social Care: ‘An urgent need for reform’

The parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee has asked the government to provide an extra £7bn in annual investment to help support adult social care. It comes in the wake of a recent National...

‘Doing nothing’ on NI abortion rule puts women at risk

The government announced today that they would intervene to enforce abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The secretary for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, said that “doing nothing actually means that people are at risk”. The DUP...