Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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December 16, 2014 2 Comments

People with dementia need friends – especially at Christmas

A couple of years ago I interviewed the wife of a man who had Lewy bodies dementia. They were both in their early 60s and had met through their local church.

I mention that last fact because what has forever stayed with me is the wife telling me how they had, effectively, been abandoned by their friends in the congregation when he developed the disease.

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December 9, 2014 1 Comment

CQC settles libel claim after accusing Jill Finney of ‘cover-up’

Serious doubts are cast over claims of a cover-up in which senior figures of the Care Quality Commission were accused of deleting a critical report surrounding the death of 16 babies at a

December 8, 2014 3 Comments

How early onset dementia can devastate a family

Liza Grant was in her late 40s when the symptoms of dementia first appeared. The illness hit her husband and two teenage sons for six.

November 26, 2014 5 Comments

Winterbourne View report: why has there not been more progress?

Today’s report on the care of people with learning disabilities in England is full of horrible words and phrases like “stakeholder” – a shame, because it’s important.

November 24, 2014 5 Comments

NHS staff: struggling to make ends meet

NHS staff take to the picket lines for the second time in two months, with more unions joining in. The government says the recommended 1 per cent rise will mean job losses.

November 18, 2014 12 Comments

NHS asks Nice to delay ground-breaking hepatitis C drug

It’s a drug that cures hepatitis C in 90 per cent of cases – but a 12-week course costs £35,000. And now NHS England is worried that it’s too expensive.

November 5, 2014 No Comments

‘Serious problems’ in children’s mental health services

A new Health Select Committee report is damning about children’s mental health services – and it comes after repeated warnings from professionals.

October 29, 2014 2 Comments

Why we are on the verge of diabetes & tuberculosis epidemic

Figures show that diabetes triples the risk of a person developing TB, and experts fear that with diabetes rates soaring, recent progress in tackling TB could go into reverse.

October 28, 2014 6 Comments

Is a diabetes cure really on the way?

Without a doubt, all this research is important. More than 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes – 29,000 of them are children.

October 23, 2014 5 Comments

Can a new plan ease fears over the struggling NHS?

A new report by Chief Executive Simon Stevens lays out a way forward for the NHS – but will it assuage concern over the private sector’s role in the health service?

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