Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

Our health and social care correspondent analyses a new-look NHS and how changes to the health service affect you.

February 2, 2016 No Comments

French drug trial death: interview with victim’s brother

It was a drug trial for a compound called BIA 10-2474. It was being tested for use as a painkiller or analgesic for cancers and people with Parkinson’s Disease.

But during the trial in Rennes, one man fell into a coma and died. Five other volunteers were taken to hospital. Four of them had neurological problems of varying degrees.

The health minister, at a press conference, described what happened as “an accident of exceptional gravity”.

The man who died was Guillaume Molinet. A 49-year-old father of four, who was a painter, singer, composer and poet.

And now his brother, Laurent, has spoken exclusively to Channel 4 News. It is heartrending, listening to him.

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January 19, 2016 10 Comments

Hunt sidelined as second junior doctors’ strike called off

There is cause for optimism as a second strike is called off. But junior doctors are angry and hurt.

January 12, 2016 9 Comments

Junior doctors’ strike explained

The country is braced for the first junior doctors’ strike since 1975 – David Cameron is warning of the dangers, but 66 per cent of the public support the strikers.

November 24, 2015 4 Comments

NHS: extra money ‘not enough’ to meet government’s ambitions

Few believe that the extra money will do much more than pay off the ever increasing deficits and meet increased pension demands.

November 12, 2015 3 Comments

NHS in crisis: too many patients, not enough money, angry staff

Warnings are coming thick and fast from all quarters that the NHS is under intense strain. That’s before junior doctors have voted on possible industrial action. And the winter hasn’t

October 20, 2015 7 Comments

How neglect by an NHS hospital contributed to a teenager’s death

This is the second inquest in five days where a young person has died and the finding has been “contributed to by neglect”.

September 24, 2015 23 Comments

‘Real and immediate threat’ to NHS of new junior doctor contracts

A stark warning to the health secretary from the presidents of nine Royal Colleges about the impact of proposed new contracts for doctors on morale, staff retention and patient safety.

September 17, 2015 7 Comments

Astonishing omission: NHS spends £1bn on cancer drugs without checking if they are working

As it is revealed that the Cancer Drugs Fund has no data on their efficacy patients remain caught between pharmaceutical companies and Government promises

July 20, 2015 1 Comment

The ‘revolving door of care’: unsafe hospital discharges

The homeless, older people, those with mental health conditions. These are the patients whose voices we rarely hear. Even when it goes wrong and the NHS lets them down.

July 16, 2015 8 Comments

Ambulance crisis: why taxis are filling the cracks in the system

An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed that hard-pressed ambulance trusts are increasingly relying on taxis to take patients to hospital even in an emergency.

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