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post 21 May 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog NHS England accused of interference over hepatitis C drug

NHS England officials have been accused of trying to interfere with the appraisal of a new drug for hepatitis C sufferers due to their concerns overs its cost.

article 18 May 2015 UK
Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters)
Cameron pledges NHS boost - but will it be enough?

David Cameron will use his first major speech since the election to renew his vow to create a "seven-day" national health service. But doctors and nurses want to know how the plan will be funded.

post 03 May 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Who Cares: the play that puts the NHS under the knife in the election

The debate around the future of the NHS has inspired a play at the Royal Court that raises key questions about the health service. But have parties missed the chance to hear what voters want?

article 28 April 2015 UK
NewsExperts say young people are at risk from inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, claiming 17 deaths have been caused by the so-called legal high. Others say the warnings are a load of hot air.
No laughing matter: 'hippie crack' craze could be fatal

Experts say young people are at risk from inhaling nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas", claiming 17 deaths have been caused by the so-called legal high. Others say the warnings are a load of hot air.

post 21 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Hunt, Lamb, Burnham - and an NHS ménage à trois

There's the married couple, Jeremy Hunt and Norman Lamb. Then a third person, Andy Burnham, comes a long to spice things up. That's what today's #healthdebate looked like.

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.