Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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September 24, 2014 4 Comments

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

The first thing to say about Andy Burnham’s speech to the Labour conference was that he used an autocue.  Given what happened to Ed Miliband yesterday, this is no small thing. No forgotten paragraphs for the shadow health secretary.

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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.

July 23, 2014 No Comments

HIV successes under threat from anti-gay crackdowns

There are fears that the fight against HIV is in danger as increasing numbers of countries introduce anti-gay laws. Health and Social Care Correspondent Victoria Macdonald reports from

July 22, 2014 1 Comment

A small but important step in the battle against HIV

Kick and kill is a rather brutal phrase for a scientific endeavour but it precisely describes attempts to seek out HIV and then destroy it.

July 19, 2014 2 Comments

HIV cure search – there’s now a feeling it WILL happen rather than it MIGHT happen

There was a time when the word ‘cure’ was never used in relation to HIV. It was thought to be too elusive, too unachievable. But something changed in the past decade.

MH17: ‘The extent of our loss is hard to comprehend’

The president of the International Aids Society delivered a heartfelt statement on the loss of six delegates in the destruction of Flight MH17, writes Victoria Macdonald.

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