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post 15 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 14 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 13 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 08 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 07 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

article 31 March 2015 UK
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E-cigarettes: why are young people vaping?

One in five teenagers has used e-cigarettes, a large-scale study finds. So what makes them so appealing to young people?

article 28 March 2015 UK
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Hunt grilled: could the Tories really afford a 24/7 NHS?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the Conservatives are making "good progress" towards better NHS availability as David Cameron promises a 24/7 health service.

article 28 March 2015 UK
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David Cameron pledges NHS available 24/7

David Cameron promises the health service will offer consultants seven days a week in England by 2020 if the Conservatives win a second term.

article 26 March 2015 UK
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New heart transplant procedure set to 'save hundreds'

A landmark procedure carried out at a UK hospital is set to significantly increase the number of lives saved among people waiting for a heart transplant.