UK health care is the sick man of Europe

It's the time of year to bore friends with holiday stories - hilarious, horrible, or both. In that horrible category, many inevitably concern health: visitations by fearsome tropical parasites; ghastly accidents on Autobahnen or Autostrade; attacks by sharks or less obvious funny floating things. Ours was more mundane - a happy accident. But it caused us, sipping our aperitivi afterwards, to brood about European health care.

by Sir Peter Hall

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