Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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April 16, 2014 2 Comments

Drug boost for severe hepatitis C sufferers

Channel 4 News has learned that the NHS has agreed to the fast track funding of a new drug for 500 patients with such severe hepatitis C that they are likely to die or need a liver transplant within the year.
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April 1, 2014 1 Comment

Calls for change as doctors still avoid justice

After eight years in limbo, the family of a woman who died on the operating table say the medical tribunal system has failed to give them justice.

March 27, 2014 5 Comments

Poor reviews: social care website highlights problems

Too many elderly people are being let down by the agencies meant to be helping them with basic care say their friends and relatives.

March 11, 2014 No Comments

Government pushes through ‘hospital closure clause’

The government could be facing a cross-party revolt on the care bill, which would give it greater powers to close or downgrade hospital services.

March 6, 2014 4 Comments

Rethinking social care: experts back a ‘fundamental shift’ in delivery

An unusually high number of reports on the care system in England are being released this week – all of them are urging a rethink of the way health and care are delivered.

February 26, 2014 1 Comment

Jeremy Hunt breaks up Mid Staffs Foundation Trust

Mid-Staffs NHS trust became a byword for neglectful, inhumane care. And with a trashed reputation, and an £11m deficit, turning it around is no longer an option.

February 13, 2014 5 Comments

Government ‘must act’ to reassure patients over NHS data sharing

With just seven weeks until a national roll-out of the care.data scheme, which will see anonymous patient data shared, doctors are joining those calling for the government to explain the benefits

Alder Hey Children’s hospital: too slow to change?

Nearly four years after an internal review of operating theatres triggered a safety warning from the one of its own Trust executives, why are Alder Hey staff still raising concerns?

February 6, 2014 4 Comments

NHS reform: a year on from the Francis report into Mid-Staffs, what has changed?

Published exactly a year ago, the Francis report triggered a plethora of reviews into how the NHS is run. But have they led to real improvements in service at a time of extreme financial

February 5, 2014 1 Comment

NHS must do more to prove that patient data is safe

The row over plans to extract GPs’ patient records and put them onto a massive database shows no signs of abating. And the fact that NHS data is constantly compromised.

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