Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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October 13, 2014 10 Comments

‘We’ve been carrying the NHS and now this’

It was – by mid-afternoon – being declared a victory.  Health unions across England and Northern Ireland said  “hundreds of thousands” had staged their first strike over pay in 30 years. In the case of midwives, it was their first strike action in their 133-year history.
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October 6, 2014 3 Comments

First British womb transplant ‘by spring’

It was the first live birth from a womb transplant – baby Vincent had been born from a womb donated by a 61-year-old friend of the new mother. But when will such transplants come to

October 2, 2014 5 Comments

GP recruitment crisis: a chronic problem in search of a cure

Relentlessly criticised, blamed for the A&E crisis, asked to work longer hours: being a GP just does not have the allure that it once did.

October 1, 2014 3 Comments

Tories and Labour failing to deal with NHS funding shortfall

While there is a belief in some quarters that there is still room for efficiencies to be made, if you talk to NHS managers many will say they have sliced and diced as much as they dare.

September 24, 2014 4 Comments

Labour’s health policy: eight months to fill in the blanks

Although this was not quite 24 hours to save the NHS, certainly rescuing it from David Cameron was the theme. And how is he going to do this? Integration. Not terribly catchy.

September 23, 2014 1 Comment

Time to start talking about the NHS?

The NHS is not always a big election issue. But – fuelled by winter A&E crises – it look set to be high up there with the economy in next year’s general election.

September 4, 2014 5 Comments

Would targeting affluent OAPs save the NHS?

The rich and middle-aged should be taxed more to pay for the NHS and social care, a new report suggests.

August 22, 2014 4 Comments

Why sorry can be the hardest word for doctors

There are many doctors who would gladly have apologised when a mistake has been made but who will have been told by their management or their lawyers that they should do no such thing.

August 21, 2014 9 Comments

Hep C drug that can cure – but is it too expensive?

There are some phone calls which brighten up your day. I have just had one of those. It was from Nils Nordal and he was phoning from his hospital bed in the Royal Free, north London.

July 24, 2014 No Comments

To end Aids, we must help the vulnerable, not arrest them

There is talk at Melbourne’s International Aids Conference of ending Aids by 2030. But this requires the political will to help drug users and sex workers, rather than criminalising them.

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