Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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April 21, 2015 2 Comments

Hunt, Lamb, Burnham – and an NHS ménage à trois

Looking at Jeremy Hunt, Andy Burnham and Norman Lamb today at the #healthdebate, my mind turned to ménage a trois.

You know? There’s the married couple, they get on OK but there have been tensions, and so a third person comes a long to spice things up.


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April 15, 2015 1 Comment

Lib Dem manifesto: equal care for mental health guaranteed

This is certainly the first time I can remember mental health being given such prominence in a manifesto, but the pledge of £500m a year seems far too low.

April 14, 2015 1 Comment

Few surprises on health in today’s Conservative manifesto

Apart from a pledge to fight dementia, most of the health measures had already been trailed. But then, the 2010 manifesto only hinted at the size of the NHS reorganisation that followed.

April 13, 2015 3 Comments

NHS: Miliband refuses to sign up to ‘totemic’ £8bn increase

The chances are the £8bn being touted around this election will become many more billions by the next election.

April 8, 2015 9 Comments

Ending loneliness: a map that could help target people at risk

A new report is urging councils to find out where lonely elderly people are living – so they can reach out and offer help.

April 7, 2015 1 Comment

NHS: Labour and Tory claims on GPs and A&E put to test

Does it really matter whose facts and figures are right? In the end, it is all about perception. The rhetoric for some time now has been that it is difficult to get a GP appointment.

March 17, 2015 4 Comments

Little prospect of relief for cash-strapped NHS in the budget

Will there be any relief for the NHS in the chancellor’s statement? I have spoken to a number of health economists and the general feeling is there’s not likely to be much.

March 3, 2015 No Comments

Pattern of failures that put babies’ lives at risk

A “catalogue of failures at almost every level” is linked to the death of three mothers and 16 babies at Furness General Hospital.

March 2, 2015 3 Comments

‘A baby died an avoidable death': one family’s fight for justice

Although the inquiry looks only at Morecambe Bay, it is clear that many of the problems the families faced following the deaths of their babies are far from unique.

February 26, 2015 No Comments

Savile’s offending in NHS ‘scarcely credible’

The story of Jimmy Savile’s offending in NHS hospitals is unusual to the point of being scarcely credible. That is the opening line from Kate Lampard’s report.

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