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A brief history of the National Health Service

How it began and where it stands today.

By the end of my first year as a doctor, I was ready to kill myself

A junior doctor explains how the stress of saving lives nearly compelled her to take her own.

A curiously French complaint

Diagnosed with a severe lung infection in France but in the UK simply told to get on with it. Why is there such a difference in attitudes to health?

The NHS in figures

Staffing, finance and international comparisons

The NHS - present and future challenges

The NHS has great public support - but is it failing to meet the needs of the UK today?

Quality of care

Patients experiences of the NHS

Satisfaction with the NHS

Public views and feelings towards NHS and health care issues.

Stretchers lining the corridors and unbearable crowding: the reality of life working on the frontline

An A&E consultant reveals the pressures of working in NHS.

A service in crisis?

How did the NHS cope with the traumas and crises of 2017/18, including its worst ever winter?

NHS Staff experiences

Staff feel under pressure, but supported by their colleagues

Saving Lives

This doctor explains how the mundane day-to-day life of a GP isn't heroic - but does save lives

Smoking outside the hospital is a break for patients and staff. Why ban it?

Yes, the NHS should help people quit - but depriving people of the relief of a cigarette in moments of stress isn't the way to go about it

The NHS prioritising those with a 'healthy lifestyle'? I think there's enough stereotyping already

Bit tubby? Back of the queue. Smoker? Back of the queue. Drinker? Back of the queue. Natasha Devon was pre-judged because she was a 'big girl'. She nearly died