Relatively new friends asked us to lunch today. It was a party, so it was as well the sun was shining, and we could be outside. They bought a new house in Winchcombe a couple of years ago only, but have already created a great garden in what was once an orchard. The conversation was almost entirely medical - not discussing ailments, but related to the working lives of those present, mostly doctors etc. I asked when we might ever get the national health service we really need - as opposed to the present National Illness Service - but nobody had an answer.