I can’t say I regret that Christmas and the New Year have passed, as I spent them in an NHS hospital. I was as the medical world puts it on “drip and draw” (in all directions) and, if you don’t know what that means, use your imagination. Not fun. But, this is not a gripe against the NHS. On the contrary, everybody showed skill, care, intelligence, compassion and informed thoughtfulness, and the tenderness and patience I observed being given to others sometimes brought tears to my eyes.