Victoria Macdonald on Health and Social Care

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September 4, 2014 5 Comments

Would targeting affluent OAPs save the NHS?

Higher taxes for the over-40s and those on higher earnings; limit free TV licences and winter fuel payments; increase the amount raised through NHS prescription charges.

These are the headlines of the King’s Fund commissioned report, led by Dame Kate Barker, on the future of the health and social care system. (more…)

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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.

July 18, 2014 2 Comments

MH17 senseless violence robs us of finest minds on HIV

At Melbourne Airport, there’s a welcome desk for delegates for the International Aids Conference. It is heartbreaking to know some will never arrive.

July 15, 2014 4 Comments

Why I feel a bit sorry for Andrew Lansley…

It’s not often that I feel sorry for a politician. But today I do feel a wee bit sorry for former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, whose dreams of being EU commissioner have been crushed.

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