Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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November 24, 2015 No Comments

NHS: extra money ‘not enough’ to meet government’s ambitions

There was a general sigh of relief across the NHS this morning with the announcement that there is to be an extra £3.8bn for 2016/17. It was, by all accounts, a battle hard fought, with the Treasury having to be persuaded that the £8bn extra by 2020, promised in the Conservative Party manifesto, needed to be front-loaded.


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November 12, 2015 3 Comments

NHS in crisis: too many patients, not enough money, angry staff

Warnings are coming thick and fast from all quarters that the NHS is under intense strain. That’s before junior doctors have voted on possible industrial action. And the winter hasn’t

October 20, 2015 7 Comments

How neglect by an NHS hospital contributed to a teenager’s death

This is the second inquest in five days where a young person has died and the finding has been “contributed to by neglect”.

September 24, 2015 23 Comments

‘Real and immediate threat’ to NHS of new junior doctor contracts

A stark warning to the health secretary from the presidents of nine Royal Colleges about the impact of proposed new contracts for doctors on morale, staff retention and patient safety.

September 17, 2015 7 Comments

Astonishing omission: NHS spends £1bn on cancer drugs without checking if they are working

As it is revealed that the Cancer Drugs Fund has no data on their efficacy patients remain caught between pharmaceutical companies and Government promises

July 20, 2015 1 Comment

The ‘revolving door of care’: unsafe hospital discharges

The homeless, older people, those with mental health conditions. These are the patients whose voices we rarely hear. Even when it goes wrong and the NHS lets them down.

July 16, 2015 8 Comments

Ambulance crisis: why taxis are filling the cracks in the system

An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed that hard-pressed ambulance trusts are increasingly relying on taxis to take patients to hospital even in an emergency.

June 18, 2015 No Comments

New duty of candour legislation creates ‘two-tier health system’

New rules obliging the NHS to report when something has gone wrong, are not to be applied to private clinics and GPs, warns a patients’ charity.

June 17, 2015 1 Comment

IVF with donor eggs: the emotional, physical and financial strain

After years of failed fertility treatment, my consultant said I should think about egg donation. I was 45 by that stage.

June 4, 2015 1 Comment

A&E waiting times: will monthly reports make a difference?

Changes to A&E waiting times and targets are much easier to understand, but probably not that easy for hospitals to make it happen.

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