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Inside the NHS with Channel 4 News and Dispatches in an era of reform and cuts.

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post 01 January 2001
Read more on Cathy Newman's blog FactCheck: NHS spending unspun

"The strange picture being painted is one of the biggest bureacratic machines in Whitehall being taken by surprise by its own success in making efficiency savings..."

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article 11 July 2012 UK
Who cares about social care? (Getty)
Who cares about social care?

We all hope to grow old one day. So why does the question of how we'll pay for our social care fail to light the political touchpaper.

article 14 April 2014 UK
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Doctors on Skype: 'People show me all sorts of things'

The doctor will Skype you now: One GP explains (via Skype) how a Skype consultation works, and says some people prefer it to meeting face to face - especially for those more embarrassing ailments...

post 06 March 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 26 February 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 06 February 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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 pressure?

post 05 February 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog 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.

post 03 February 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Benefit reforms could push full-time carers into debt and food poverty

Full-time carers, who take a huge spending burden off government, are facing a 1bn cut in support over the next four years.

post 22 January 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog What can Nice do when health providers are naughty?

Patients are once again facing a postcode lottery over which drugs they are prescribed. So what can the body that approves treatments for the NHS do to change this?

article 12 December 2013 UK
Maggots in treatment rooms, out of date vaccines, and consulting rooms with no doors: inspectors reveal failings at some GP surgeries in England. (G)
Inspectors reveal worst GP surgeries in England

Maggots in treatment rooms, out of date vaccines, and consulting rooms with no doors: inspectors reveal failings at some GP surgeries in England.